Acadia.

The road trip continued in Maine, where we visited Bar Harbor. You may have heard of Bar Harbor, but I will give you a little more background: it is a wealthy town on the Atlantic by the way of Mt. Desert (pronounced 'dessert') island, also home to Acadia National Park. Acadia turns 100 years old this year, and is 47,000 square acres and includes the tallest mountain on the U.S. East Coast. Made into a national monument by Woodrow Wilson in 1916 (Congress didn't want it to be a national park), the Rockfellers helped to finance it's maintenance and the carriage roads that now run through it. 

I'll leave you with a few of my many pictures. Check the captions below for names and labels, so you know where to go when you visit. However, my best advice is to drive through and stop whenever you see a view or trail that calls to you. 

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 Views from our motel's rocky beach

Views from our motel's rocky beach

 Ready to climb Cadillac Mountain!

Ready to climb Cadillac Mountain!

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 Near the top of Cadillac mountain, 4 hours later!

Near the top of Cadillac mountain, 4 hours later!

 The summit

The summit

 Lots of lichen

Lots of lichen

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 Bubble Pond

Bubble Pond

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 Lobster boat at Bar Harbor

Lobster boat at Bar Harbor

 Had to throw in a lobster roll for good measure--my family liked this one at Side Street Cafe, but the food was excellent at Cafe This Way too. 

Had to throw in a lobster roll for good measure--my family liked this one at Side Street Cafe, but the food was excellent at Cafe This Way too. 

 Remember how I said Cafe This Way was good. Well, yeah, go there.

Remember how I said Cafe This Way was good. Well, yeah, go there.

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 Birch groves are everywhere in the park

Birch groves are everywhere in the park

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 Jordan Pond Gate Lodge

Jordan Pond Gate Lodge

 The Asticou Azalea Garden isn't part of Acadia, but I really recommend a trip through this Japanese style garden for free. 

The Asticou Azalea Garden isn't part of Acadia, but I really recommend a trip through this Japanese style garden for free. 

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 Otter Point

Otter Point

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 Southwest Harbor

Southwest Harbor

 Look closely into the tide pools at Southwest Harbor to find some treasures.

Look closely into the tide pools at Southwest Harbor to find some treasures.

 The path along Ship Harbor was easy and pretty

The path along Ship Harbor was easy and pretty

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 Another gate house...

Another gate house...

 Sand Beach, the only beach in Maine that isn't all rock. 

Sand Beach, the only beach in Maine that isn't all rock. 

 A carriage road

A carriage road

 Walk along the 'Museum of the Streets' path past Bar Harbor for some history and good views.

Walk along the 'Museum of the Streets' path past Bar Harbor for some history and good views.

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