Acadia National Park, Maine's Crown Jewel

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    Cadillac Mountain

    Recently named 10Best Readers' Choice winner for Best National Park, Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island in Maine.  The mountain, at 1530 feet, is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. It is a favorite spot to view a spectacular sunrise, the earliest each day in the USA.   

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

    Renowned for its natural features, Acadia features a rocky ocean shoreline, hiking trails, pristine ponds and lakes, bicycling paths, woodlands, and sweeping views. The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, built in 1858, is one of the most frequently photographed of Maine lighthouses, and with good reason. It is dramatically perched on a cliff, with panoramic views of the harbor and islands in the distance. 

    Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism

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    View of Frenchman Bay

    A bicyclist soaks in the majestic view on Frenchman Bay from the top of Cadillac Mountain. The Park Loop Road winds some 4 miles with a continuous moderate grade to the top of the peak, making it a favorite for bike enthusiasts. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Sand Beach

    Acadia National Park's Sand Beach is appropriately named. Its soft white sand is composed of finely ground shell fragments deposited over thousands of years. This makes this cozy beach a perfect spot to build a sandcastle with the kids. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Lobster is prevalent

    Lobster is to Maine as corn is to Kansas. Lobster dishes, from a lobster roll to lobster mac 'n' cheese to an entire crustacean on a plate, can be enjoyed as part of your culinary visit to this state. 

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

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    Tranquil ponds and lakes

    Tranquil ponds and lakes can be found throughout the park, offering a perfect spot for a picnic, bike ride or stroll. Most sites are accessible from the 27-mile Park Loop Road, which is the primary way to navigate through the park by vehicle.

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    Thunder Hole

    On a calm day, you might wonder how Thunder Hole got its name. Naturally carved out of rocks, the inlet is a lovely sight to behold at any time, but when the waves kick up, watch out! Water can spout as high as 60 feet when waves hit, creating the thunderous roar for which the spot is named.

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    Somesville bridge

    Home of Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is the second largest island on the Eastern seaboard. The picturesque village of Somesville, which dates from 1761, is the oldest settlement on the island. The footbridge is a favorite photo subject in any season of the year.

    Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism

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    Porcupine Islands

    From the top of Cadillac mountain, hikers enjoy a view onto the Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay. The unique shape of the islands was formed during the Ice Age when continental glaciers slowly migrated across the land in a southeast direction and sheared off parts of the islands. 

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    Stanley Brook Bridge

    The Stanley Brook bridge is part of Acadia National Park's carriage road system constructed between 1913 and 1940 by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. It was designed to give hikers, bikers, equestrians and carriages a network of 57 miles of roads and bridges free of motor vehicles. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Picturesque Bar Harbor

    Bar Harbor, Maine is a picturesque and charming coastal town which attracts visitors from around the world. It is located adjacent to Acadia National Park, and as a result, is almost always included in a visit to the park.

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    Little Hunters Beach

    You'll have to climb a stairway down to this secluded beach, known as Little Hunters Beach, but the view on the expanse of unique rounded rocks that make up the shore is worth the effort. 

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    Carriage Roads

    Family bike rides are safe and enjoyable, thanks to the park's 57-mile carriage road and bridge system, constructed between 1913 and 1940 as part of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s vision.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

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    Rock formations

    The impressive rock formations along the park's shoreline invite visitor to explore, meditate, or simply enjoy the incredible ocean views. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Asticou Azalea Garden

    Asticou Azalea Garden is located just outside the national park, in the community of Northeast Harbor, Maine. Styled in Japanese garden tradition, a wide variety of flowering plants (and azaleas in season) can be admired from its pathways.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Shore Path

    People from all over the world have enjoyed walking along Bar Harbor's Shore Path, created circa 1880, which offers picture-perfect views on the expansive harbor as well as on the town's historic shoreline hotels.

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    Shopping in Bar Harbor

    Part of the fun of visiting Bar Harbor Maine is the shopping experience. Quaint boutiques and specialty stores line the main street of town.   

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    Plant life is diverse

    Take some time during your visit to Acadia National Park to stop and smell the flowers. The Wild Gardens of Acadia will give you an idea of the diversity of plant life found in the park. The park also houses the Abbe Museum which focuses on Maine's Native American culture and history.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

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    Jordan Pond

    Visitors to Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park soak in the serenity of the scene. Acadia National Park's only full service restaurant is located here, and offers lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Jordan Pond Gate Lodge

    The Jordon Pond gate lodge was one of two such buildings designed in the Park to insure that automobiles stayed off the carriage road network. Today, their intricate Old-World architecture adds charm to a visit to Acadia National Park.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Sand Beach

    Although the water temperature on Sand Beach may be too chilly for anyone but the hardiest of swimmers, there is no doubt this lovely beach is a perfect place to soak in the sun, build sand castles, and take a romantic stroll.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Ice cream is a must in Bar Harbor

    Maine is famous not only for its lobster, but for its excellent ice cream. The town of Bar Harbor has quite a few outstanding ice cream shops, some even featuring lobster ice cream or a stout-flavored treat.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Cadillac Mountain views

    Whether you hike, enjoy a picnic, or just arrive for the sunset view, you'll never forget the beauty of nature as seen from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.  To learn more about all our national parks, visit Experience America.  

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    A Toast to Romance

    As the sun sets over Bar Harbor, a couple toasts to their perfect day visiting Acadia National Park. In celebration of their 10th anniversary, they traveled from Tennessee to experience Maine's beauty and enjoy the view and dinner at the Looking Glass Restaurant, known for its incredible views and fine dining.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

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    Sunset over Bar Harbor

    The sun sets over Bar Harbor, Maine, casting beautiful golden shadows over the resplendent landscape.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

About Joanne DiBona

You'll never see Joanne without a camera or two strapped around her neck as she travels around the world to unearth new and exciting destinations to share with her readers. Her professional career includes a long tenure in communications for the San Diego Tourism Authority, where she wore many hats. By far her favorite role was as scenic photographer for the region.  When she’s not adding fresh images to her Scenic Photos website, Joanne can be found singing with her Italian band or whipping up fresh pasta in her kitchen. Joanne is a member of the esteemed Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

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