Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is the home to a number of sights. We drove from Bar Harbor and made the loop of Park Loop Rd. When you enter the Acadia National Park you have to pay an entry fee (seems like there are LOTS of ways to avoid this though, e.g. Island Explorer bus) but as seniors we qualified for the $10 family lifetime. The road is well kept and mostly one-way. The right lane is sometimes crowded with tourists parked who have walked to sights and trails. We didn't make every stop but some of them that we did, i.e. Thunder Hole, were marked better for the gift shop than the natural site.

The path down to Thunder Hole is treacherous and it doesn't normally make a sound. The locals say that it takes a winter storm to make it "thunder" but that didn't stop the crowd from standing interminably in front of it. The only signage on Park Look Rd directs you to the gift shop and the path down to Thunder Hole is a little hard to find. Hint, it's BEYOND the gift shop on the other side of the road.

Cadillac Mountain is 1500 ft. high but has panoramic views of Mt. Desert Island. There's enough parking there - we only circled once.

Where there isn't enough parking is Jordan Pond. We had checked out the parking the day before and realized that we probably wouldn't be able to find a parking place.  All 3 parking lots were full with cars circling looking for places.

Their web site is here and the TripAdvisor article is here.

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