A Visit to My Favorite National Park

We usually make it a point to see Acadia National Park every year, summer and fall being my favorite times to visit. Pandemic or not, Acadia/Bar Harbor area is a great place to visit and has plenty of activities to keep you busy outdoors.

Keep reading to see a recap of my summer weekend at Acadia with recommendations of things to do. For more about this area, check out last fall's blog post here.

Beehive Trail

During this trip, we decided to hike the Beehive Trail which overlooks Sand Beach, Great Head, and Frenchman Bay. This trail isn't recommended for those with a fear of heights and is also a strenuous hike that requires you to climb up iron rungs and steep cliff faces. Those who are up for the challenge get rewarded with incredible views!

Sand Beach

Sand Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen with its unique crushed shell sand and surrounding mountains. The beach is the only place recommended for ocean swimming on the island, however, the ocean temperature is said to rarely exceed 55 degrees in the summer.

If you aren't up for dipping into the 50-degree water, Echo Lake is a freshwater swimming site that is much warmer than the ocean.

Watch the Sunset From Cadillac Mountain

We drove up Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunset and wow it was breathtaking! We found that stopping at an overlook on the way up for the sunset had the best views in comparison to the summit.

Carriage Trails and Jordan Pond House

What's a trip to Acadia without a visit to Jordan Pond House for a popover? After our bike ride on the carriage trails, we stopped in to rest and get a bite to eat. A salad, a popover, and a blueberry tea were exactly what I needed to feel energized to hit the trails again!

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