Acadia National Park, Exploring Park Loop Road
Acadia National Park Travel Blog› entry 7 of 17 › view all entries
We got up and had breakfast in the hotel, then headed off to Acadia National Park. The entrance was just on the other side of Bar Harbor, and it didn't take long at all to get there from the hotel. We stopped at the Visitors Center first, to get our bearings, a map, and an overview of the island. They had about a 15 minute video presentation playing every half hour in a small theater there, which talked about the history of the park, and gave info about some of the things we would be seeing later in the day. We left there and headed towards the Park itself, one of the most visited national parks in the country! We bought an entrance pass from a Ranger at the entry booth ( I think it was $20, good for a week? or at least 3 days?) and then we headed down Park Loop Road. Just like it sounds, this road loops around the park, following the seashore at first, with stops for numerous attractions along the way, then back to town through the center of Mount Desert Island. Plenty of sightseeing and hiking opportunities in a relatively small area! The loop road is one way only, until you get to the center of the island.
Our first stop was a short trail that lead to an overlook near Schooner Head. A brief walk took us to the edge of the water, on some rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean. Nice views in every direction, and the sea was full of different colored floats marking lobster pots.