Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a wonderful place to visit in Maine to experience the beauty of nature. The park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is reachable from the mainland through a bridge. Most visitors stay at the town of Bar Harbor, which is located just at the edge of the park. The park is a popular getaway destination in the Northeast United States especially during the summer months and early fall when the fall foliage is at its peak. The park is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi. It has a wonderful one-way road called Park Loop Road that goes around the park on the coastline — the landscape was beautifully designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, who was also the landscape designer of the National Mall, the White House grounds, the Jefferson Memorial, and Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. There is also a network of old carriage roads that was financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and now provides a nice network of trails to explore the park.

There is one cool place to check out and experience if you go to Acadia — going to the Cadillac Summit, the highest point along the eastern seaboard of the United States, in the morning to see the sun rising over the horizon. During the months of October through March, this place has the distinction as the first place to see the sunrise in the United States. The photo below was taken when I went up there to experience the sunrise on my first morning at Acadia. It’s a neat picture of the sun rising over the horizon on the left, and on the right there was a couple sitting bundled up and enjoying the view.

Sunrise at Cadillac Summit

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