There is only one national park in all New England, and it is Acadia National Park. The beauty within this park makes up for the fact there is no other national park for miles. A visit here will have you wondering why anyone would want to visit any other national park because there is so much to do and see. Plus, with so many extraordinary views, you may think you have finally found the piece of paradise you have always been looking for.
Watching the sunrise from anywhere in Acadia National Park will take your breath away. However, if you want the best experience, you must venture over to Cadillac Mountain early one day. You must start your journey to the summit early in the morning, but your reward will be the first light to touch the east coast during certain days of the year. If you are not a morning person, you can always choose to watch the sunset instead.
Most people will skip over the visitor centers at the national parks, due to the crowding. I always stop at them though, because they are jam-packed with important information that allows me to enjoy my visits so much more. So, take my advice and visit Hulls Cove Visitor Center to talk to a ranger before you venture out to explore this park.
There are so many different hiking trails to choose from within Acadia National Park. You will definitely not be able to do them all during your visit, but you can do a couple. I recommend the Precipice Trail, which is just over two miles long. The Beehive Trail is a little shorter at a mile and a half. Plus, it is not as high as the former trail, which is good if you are scared of heights.
You may be doing a lot of driving during your road trip, but that doesn’t mean you should skip over the scenic park loop in Acadia National Park. This road is twenty-seven miles long and you can see many attractions and landmarks during your drive. A few of the most notable things you will see include Cadillac Mountain, Otter Cliff, Sand Beach, Jordan Pond, and Thunder Hole. I recommend you plan on at least half a day for this drive, so you can make as many stops along the way as you wish.
The most popular attraction in Acadia National Park is the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. There are two trails that lead to this lighthouse. They are both just over a mile long, although one is steeper than the other. The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is still in operation, but you cannot go inside. You can take pictures though and you will want to take advantage of that carefully from many different vantage points.
These are the five best things to do in Acadia National Park during your next Maine road family vacation. I can recommend so many other options for you and your family too. I want to make sure you have the best family vacation when you travel through the state of Maine.
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