One Day Travel Guide: Acadia National Park

Trip took place on October 4th, 2017

My sister and her boyfriend live in Portland, Maine. A couple weeks before my scheduled ten-day visit, a friend of mine posted pictures of his trip to Acadia National Park on Instagram. I was in awe of this place! I immediately looked it up and saw that it was approximately three and a half hours from Portland, Maine so my sister, her boyfriend, and I planned a day trip.

The rapid fire, one-day trip to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine went a little something like this:

Left Portland, Maine at 7:30 AM and arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine at 11:00 AM. 

Lunch at Stewman’s Lobster Pound – Bar Harbor, Maine

We didn’t eat breakfast so by the time we got to Bar Harbor we were starving! We picked a place on the water called Stewman’s Lobster Pound. Maine is known for lobster so I decided to take it upon myself to eat my weight in lobster. I have achieved that goal and then some…

I ordered the Lobster Stew and the Lobster Roll. Bother were delicious in that mouth-watering sort of way. The waiter was super knowledgeable on which items were gluten free so that was an added plus!

Apologies for the lack of food pictures. The camera on my phone struggles with the up close food pictures. They look so bad that I decided it’s best to just leave them out. 

Great Head TrailAcadia National Park

After lunch we moseyed on over to the Great Head Trail and attempted to walk off the 50 pounds (exaggerating) of lobster we ate. The hike is about 1.5 miles and is rated as moderate. This trail is a mix of a clearly marked path and a series of large rocks to climb up and over. The rocks are marked with blue spray paint to let you know you’re on the right path. There is no rock climbing involved, just some big steps up the rocks, grabbing on to branches, and maybe a little sliding on your butt if you aren’t feeling comfortable on the way down.

We all thought it was really fun to mix it up from the standard “glorified walk” that hiking can sometimes be.

And the views…

Wow…

I put some thought into it and came to the conclusion that this is the most beautiful place I have ever been!

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Sand BeachAcadia National Park

You are able to walk down to Sand Beach from the Great Head Trail. I highly recommend walking down to the beach to admire the stunning blue/green water up close. It’s even more beautiful from this perspective!

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Park Loop RoadAcadia National Park

Since we were trying to fit in as much as possible into one day we opted for the Park Loop Road drive as opposed to more hikes. I don’t have many pictures from this because I was so mesmerized by the scenery surrounding me that I forgot I write a travel blog and thus pictures of my travels are necessary. Oops! We pulled over at a look out point and I managed to snap three pictures.

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Cadillac MountainAcadia National Park

We took the Park Loop Road to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

I have no words to properly describe how incredible the views of Acadia National Park were from this vantage point. We basically just walked around for an hour or so saying “wow” and “oh my god” over and over.

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Bar Harbor, Maine

We drove from Cadillac Mountain, back down the Park Loop Road, and over to Bar Harbor where we walked around for a little bit. This town is so cute, a classic New England coastal town!

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Dinner at Galyn’sBar Harbor, Maine

We decided to splurge and enjoy an out-of-our-typical-price-range dinner at Galyn’s.

Dinner was amazing! We ordered a couple appetizers (roasted cauliflower and butternut squash cakes), I ordered baked haddock for dinner, and to top it all off we ordered crème brûlée for dessert (my favorite!). Throw in a couple glasses of wine and we had ourselves the perfect little dinner to wrap up our day trip!

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We left Bar Harbor around 7:00 PM and made it home around 10:30 PM. 

If we had more time (and money) I would have loved to stay for a few days! There is so much more that we did not have a chance to explore.

If you are able to explore places that I didn’t list here, let me know how it goes and send me pictures so I can live vicariously through you!

Enjoy your trip to Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor!

Love & light,

Annie

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