Acadia National Park

On the Memorial Day 2001 we decided to explore the northern regions of northeast USA. So we decided to visit the most visited national park on the northeast - Acadia. We took our car and drove there through New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire (very small state) and Maine... It was difficult 10 hours drive because we drove in the hard rain though NY state and then we were stuck in traffic in Connecticut. Looks like Connecticut is always crowdy and does a lot of road work all the time ...

The park is situated in Maine in the ocean's bay, very close to Canada. They have a fast charter ship that goes between US and Canada. Park is not big but has a main town inside called Bar Harbor. There are many nice Bed&Breakfast hotels and luxury hotels that are quite expensive. The town has many seafood restaurants (yummy) and shops, etc. Of course we also eat a lot seafood there. Maine is famous for its lobsters.
We spent couple of days in the park, driving, walking and making photos. As usual, unlucky us, the weather was very windy and kind of cold. We were trying to make pictures on the top of high Cadillac mountain during such wind. It was a challenge. Nevertheless we arrived back there at sunset and watched it together with hundreds other folks doing the same thing. Everybody was cold and wrapped up in blankets but it was very romantic and gorgeous sunset...

Also we've taken a catamaran ride to see real whales. It goes out of the bay into the ocean to the regular place where whales swim. And this time we were lucky to see two of them actually, quite big ones. And we even have made some photos of their tales :-)

There are also couple of picturesque lakes in the park I imagine you can swim there in the summer and lie on the beach, maybe... Although a guide says ocean is quite cold even during summer time.

We've done the funniest and stupidest thing on the last afternoon. We drove for 40 min to the "most photographed North American lighthouse". We expected the big tower with great view, instead we got a small lighthouse (looks much worse than we have in NJ) and you can see it only from the one side. I guess it's most photographed because all people read this ad and go see it...

After existing the park road goes through some small villages and you pass many ice-creameries, I suggest to try some. Ice-cream is fat and tasty! On the way back in the evening the route wasn't crowdy and we drove for 9 hours only!


Created: December 14, 2001