With a name like Cadillac Mountain, it has to be a great trip. The mountain is one of the most popular spots in Acadia, so expect lots of company when you get there. The sunrises here are especially popular, the sun bathes the mountainside in golden rays, while illuminating the many hiking paths. The best times to visit are during the spring and summer, some of the mountain trails are closed off during the winter, due to loose soil.
Stretching over 27 miles long, this makes Park Loop Road a great alternative for travelers who are on a tight schedule, but want to see the most of Acadia National Park. Along this great stretch of road, you’ll find many of the other stops in our list along the way, as well as some hidden treasures as you reach the end.
You have two ways of traversing to Jordan Pond, one is a calm trek through the forest, while the other one is a nice hike up along the coastline. Both trails converge upon the pond, where you’re treated with a beautiful reflection of the mountains and trees.
You’ll find a very peaceful and secluded part of the park that requires a bit of navigating to reach. The Schoodic Point overlooks the great coastline of Maine, featuring crashing waves and tall spruce trees to give a private and scenic setting to relax and enjoy.
A path you can follow during any time of the year, the Carriage Roads are great for all means of traveling. Cyclists, skaters, joggers, and even carriages can be found along these roads. There are also paths that branch off into ski slopes and hiking. A pleasant stroll in Acadia National Park and an ideal getaway for couples.
Not to be outdone by Schoodic Point, Otter Cliff offers breath-taking views along a sheer 110 feet high cliff, surrounded by the familiar vegetation and foliage. If you’re a rock climbing enthusiast, you’ll find that this cliff provides a great challenge with an amazing view. You might even catch some whales in the distance, migrating south.
A nice little hidden treasure of the Acadia National Park lies in a cave that sits in the crashing waves. As high tide approaches, the cave turns into a perfect echo-chamber that amplifies the sound of the waves crashing into the back of the walls. This loud clap is accompanied by a big splash of water, creating a water park-like experience. Visitors should dress accordingly.