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I have become a National Parks enthusiast since my first hike at Yosemite National Park in September 2010. Then after seeing Ken Burns’ documentary series “The National Parks: American’s Best Idea”, I’m on a mission to visit them all. So far, I’ve visited:
- Yosemite National Park
- Bryce National Park
- Zion National Park
- The Grand Canyon
- Yellowstone National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Arches National Park
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Denali National Park
- Acadia National Park
So, yes, I still have 48 to go! Since my most recent trip was to Acadia National Park in May, 2016, I thought I’d do my first travel post on this wonderful treasure. We spent 4 days there. I personally felt like we could have spent much more time there. The park has so many different facets and wonders. The park apparently gets very busy between Memorial Day and early October. We were there mid-May and really enjoyed the calm before the storm. The weather was perfect as well with crisp mornings, which were great for the more
challenging hikes. We stayed at the Atlantic Eyrie Lodge where we had secured a great rate. The lodge was clean and the staff extremely welcoming and friendly.
Our hikes consisted of:
- Ocean Path
- Jordan Pond Path
- Beehive Trail
- Dorr Mountain
- Acadia Mountain Trail
- Cadillac South Ridge Trail
- Cadillac North Ridge Trail
- Gorham Mountain Trail
I would say that Acadia Mountain Trail was my favorite since we only encountered two other hikers and felt like we had the whole “world” to ourselves. Plus, the gorgeous waterfalls on our descent made the hike extra special. Most of these hikes are classified as strenuous. I would also say that you can’t have a fear of heights, especially on the Beehive Trail. However, they’re so worth the physical effort.
On to my favorite part – food! We went to restaurants that provided vegan options for me:
- Side Street Cafe
- The Dog and Pony Tavern
- Pork Nation (yes, shock, shock! I had an awesome portobello burger)
- A&B Naturals
- Little Anthony’s
- 2 Cats Restaurant (my personal favorite!)
And this is how we celebrated our final morning before driving back to NJ!
A gorgeous sunrise on Cadillac Mountain:
I also want to mention that our drive up from southern NJ included an overnight stay in Portland, Maine and a visit to Camden, Maine on our drive to Acadia National Park.
Where we stayed at in Portland? The Hilton Garden.
Worth a stop: Mount Battie State Park, Camden, ME
Delicious food in Camden: Long Grain
I would also recommend that you check out these resources before visiting: