Acadia National Park: A Visual Diary

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

As home to Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of Maine and one of the most beautiful locations I've been able to visit. I touched on the magic of this region in my last post, but needless to say there is more to its beauty than just the sky's colors. 

On this long weekend trip, my family and I ventured to experience the island from all angles -- by land, air, and sea. Between stunning summit views, rocky beaches, and crystal clear waters, I'm not sure any words can accurately depict the region's landscape. For that reason I'm letting the photos of this post lead the way, but don't worry, I won't conclude it without adding some personal travel tips should you ever decide to visit Mount Desert Island. And I highly recommend that you do.

Must-Sees in Acadia National Park:
  • Park Loop Road (map here)
  • Sand Beach + Ocean Path
  • Jordan Pond Loop
  • Thunder Hole (shortly before high tide)
  • Cadillac Mountain (at sunrise and/or sunset)
  • Gorham Mountain Trail -- highly recommend for a moderate hike with rewarding views!

Navigating Downtown Bar Harbor:

What To See Outside Bar Harbor:
  • Bass Harbor Head Light
  • Somesville Bridge
  • Southwest Harbor
  • Thurston's Lobster Pound
  • Quietside CafĂ© (sweetest family owners EVER)

Where are you headed to this summer? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. What a gorgeous place! Wish to be there. The atmosphere looks lovely.

    Stephanie |

  2. This place looks amazing Christina! I love the vast open land and the serenity of the sunset. Definitely up on my list of places to visit! :) Btw I'm thinking of visit NOLA for the 4th so I'll have to check up on your guide too :) xo~ Lena

    1. Ahh, have the best time! Let me know if you have any questions after reading it!

  3. Soooooo stunning, love all your photos

  4. Love your photos, so many beautiful sights! The food looked so good too ahhhh.

  5. My fiancé went to school right by Acadia National Park so I've visited a few times, but only once over the summer. Most of the time, I had visited in the winter so I had a much different view (it's on my blog if you're curious). Gorgeous travel photos!

    Simply Lovebirds

    1. I'll definitely check out your winter photos! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  6. How beautiful! I would love to go there one day :)


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  7. I'm travelling to Florida this summer but I'd actually really love to visit Maine after seeing your post. I'm going to add it to my list of places to be investigated :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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    1. Amazing, I hope you get to go sometime! It's a stunning place. :)

  8. OMG!!! What a great post, i really love your photos! Good job.

    April of:

  9. Thanks for sharing these pictures, they make me calm looking at it.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  10. Omg this place is a must see. Beautiful capture.

  11. Wow, that place is incredible.

  12. Breathtaking pictures, Christina! My my, aren't these views super gorgeous. I would like to have this spectacular view in my summers for once at least!

  13. These pictures are gorgeous, such wonderful views I'd love to visit.

    Lauren x Huggled


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