The first impressions of Acadia National Park
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Acadia National Park was the destination of my long journey to Maine. Acadia is a very special National Park. Here is why: It was the first National Park East of the Mississippi, it offers a combination of Mountains and Sea Shore, it is the most eastern Park in the system, the lands of the park were obtained bit-by-bit from private lands, today the park is still a patchwork of pieces of land, the park contains the highest point on the US Atlantic coast, the park contains a network of carriage roads, gravel roads being initially constructed by John D. Rockefeller Jr., to be used by horse drawn carriages, hikers, and bikers only.
The park was designated a National Monument "Sieur des Monts" in 1916. In 1919 it became a National Park "Lafayette National Park", together with the giants Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.
The park is located on granite mountains, that were shaped and ground during the ice age, creating a unique Mountain landscape near the shore. Although the mountains are only a few hundred meters high they are still impressive since they start exactly at sea level, which can also be seen from the summits.
I arrived at about 17:00 hrs in the north patch of the park and took a small detour to get some first impressions of the park, its lakes and mountains. After checking into my hotel I took the Mazda for a drive into the park to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the 466-meter high summit of the island which offered incredible views.
More pictures below!