Breathtaking views and local fun
Trip Cost ($ – $$$): $$
Time to Hit the Highlights: 3 Days
Must See: Cadillac Mountain, lunch at Jordan Pond House, anyplace you can take in the shore and cliff views
Time of the Year to Visit: Fall (we visited in mid-September)
Audience: Everyone (variety of trails, beautiful views)
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
For more info check out the Acadia NP website at https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
- We flew into Portland where we rented a car and drove the 3.5 hours to the park.
- Portland is a great town to stay in and explore before and/or after hitting the park.
- We also took a detour to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to explore Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson, while staying in North Conway.
We rented a house through VRBO on the Northeast Harbor. There are more restaurants in the Southeast Harbor and Bar Harbor, but both are quick and easy drives.
- This is a long trail with a gentle incline that leads to beautiful views.
- There will be many people at the top because it is possible to drive there, however the hike is much more rewarding.
- When you’re hiking you’ll think you’re almost there, and then realize there is much more to go. Just keep hiking!
Gorham Mountain Trail
- This was a great hike that led to a windy mountain top.
- There were less people on this trail and was slightly more challenging.
Norumbega Mountain Trail
- If you’re looking for a nice hike through the beautiful Acadia forests, this is the hike for you.
- The beginning of it is a steep rocky incline, but the path evens out as you move along. It is just a beautiful hike that those looking for a little extra exercise and adventure will enjoy!
- This very easy and short path will lead you right to the beach.
- Naturally there will be lots of people as it is hard to resist the beach view against the Acadia rough cliffs.
- They have built a nice building around Jordan Pond where it is great to grab lunch in the park.
- There is also a trail down by the pond that is a nice walk on a clear day.
We tried a variety of restaurants in Bar Harbor and the Southeast Harbor. You really can’t go wrong, but depending on when you are there it may be difficult to get into certain restaurants. Make reservations when possible.
- Payment is required at the National Park Ranger Station