Acadia National Park
Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism
Acadia National Park Although the biggest chunk of this national treasure sprawls over about half of Mount Desert Island, there’s also a hefty backcountry chunk on remote Isle au Haut, an easy-to-access mainland section at the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula, and bits and pieces on various other islands nearby. Of course you’ll drive, or better yet pedal, the Park Loop Road, which hits the highlights of Mount Desert Island; join the crowds catching sunrise or sunset from Cadillac Summit; ride a bike or horse-drawn carriage on the carriage roads; and hike, perhaps on a trail with steps built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There's a lot to see and do, but among the musts are watching the surf crash on Schoodic Point’s pink-granite slabs, a boating excursion to Baker Island, and a day hike on Isle au Haut.