5 Adventures in Maine's Acadia National Park

The National Parks of America aren't just in Utah, Alaska, and California; though it seems to be the ones people talk about the most. The state of Maine is home to the lovely town of Bar Harbor and the splendid Acadia National Park.
Located in the northeast corner of the country this is one of my favorite parks in the system and there's something to do for everyone!

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Today I will share 5 Adventures I recommend when spending a few days in Acadia National Park.

But first...a few fun facts and tips!

1. Cadillac Mountain is home to the first sunrise in America each day.
2. You'll want to eat a lobster at a roadside shack on the drive up...even if you don't really eat lobster. It's just a little different up there. Like enchiladas in New Mexico, BBQ in Texas, and Ice Cream in LeMars Iowa.
3. Plan at least 4 days/3 nights to explore Acadia and feel that you did more than the scenic drive.
4. Acadia is located on Mount Desert Island and John Rockefeller Jr not only donated 10,000 acres to the National Park Service but he spent $3.5 million dollars (in the early 1900's that was a lot of coin) to install 57 miles of carriage roads within the park that automobiles are prohibited on but carriages, feet, and bikes are welcomed.

Now onto the list!

5. Hit the scenic drive and all the side hikes. There were jaw dropping views and short jaunts along the way, you can fill your day with 15,000 steps, one road, and true awe as you journey through the park.

5. Hit the scenic drive and all the side hikes. There were jaw dropping views and short jaunts along the way, you can fill your day with 15,000 steps, one road, and true awe as you journey through the park.

4. Head up on the  Bubbles Rock Trail!  It's a great day hike with a once in a lifetime photo op at the top. That pic is below.

4. Head up on the Bubbles Rock Trail! It's a great day hike with a once in a lifetime photo op at the top. That pic is below.

Yeah this is at the top of the Bubbles! It's actually way more stable than it looks but it's still quite the sight and a funny photo op. Be careful which way you head down,  my friend Anne W  went on this hike last fall and there was some serious bouldering on her trek down. We didn't encounter this. Her husband loved it, Anne not so much!

Yeah this is at the top of the Bubbles! It's actually way more stable than it looks but it's still quite the sight and a funny photo op. Be careful which way you head down, my friend Anne W went on this hike last fall and there was some serious bouldering on her trek down. We didn't encounter this. Her husband loved it, Anne not so much!

3. Take a meditative stroll around Jordan Pond and then settle in for afternoon tea and popovers at one of these lovely pond side tables. Your worries will wash away during a quiet few hours spent here.

3. Take a meditative stroll around Jordan Pond and then settle in for afternoon tea and popovers at one of these lovely pond side tables. Your worries will wash away during a quiet few hours spent here.

Do I need to add a description with a view like this? Just go to Acadia!

Do I need to add a description with a view like this? Just go to Acadia!

2. Go for a trail run on the Carriage Roads and get lost (not literally!) in the beautiful woods of Acadia National Park.

2. Go for a trail run on the Carriage Roads and get lost (not literally!) in the beautiful woods of Acadia National Park.

1. Climb Cadillac Mountain and be the first to see the sunrise in America! Or if you forget your headlamp you can drive to the top and watch it (there's a road, visitor center, and parking lot.) But you know the Hashtag 59er's recommend summiting the peak by foot not by car.

1. Climb Cadillac Mountain and be the first to see the sunrise in America! Or if you forget your headlamp you can drive to the top and watch it (there's a road, visitor center, and parking lot.) But you know the Hashtag 59er's recommend summiting the peak by foot not by car.

Acadia is a wonderful place and there is plenty more to do and see but I think this will get you started and excited for your trip to Maine!
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Because Adventure Travel Feeds the Soul,
Mike R and the Hashtag 59 Team

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