Day 5: Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine

Trip Start May 13, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine
Stephen King's home, Bangor Maine
Belfast, Maine
Blue Hill, Maine
Augusta, Maine

Flag of United States  , Maine
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today is Acadia day!!! I got up at around 5am. I went by Stephen King's home in Bangor Maine first. It's an old Victorian style home, and you know it's his home because he has a cast iron front gate that has bats on it! I took me an hour to drive to Acadia and it was still foggy and raining a little bit. I finally got to the park. The entrances are a little weird because the one I went through didn't have a gate right away. So I was driving around for a little bit and I hadn't paid the entrance fee. I kept driving around and it was still a bit foggy. I was almost getting a little pissed because I thought today was supposed to be nothing but sunshine.
Finally a couple hours later the weather cleared up! I found the pay station and it was only $10 to get in. The first stop was Sand Beach......SO BEAUTIFUL! I don't know if I've seen a more beautiful beach than this. And the waves were pretty big! I checked out my map to find my next destination. Most of Acadia you can see if you have a full day. You just drive around Park Loop Road (make sure you keep checking your map because there different points where you keep going in and out of the park). You can drive to the different harbors in the area - Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, etc. There's really no need to go to the Tremont/Mount Desert area. I drove all through here and it wasn't worth it.

The Must-See's of Acadia are: Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain,
Otter Cove, and the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. 
        1) Bar Harbor - Very cute town, lots of shops, great views. They even have a location where you can walk out onto a tiny island (when the tide is out) for great views of Bar Harbor. You just have to make sure you get back to shore before the tide comes back in! You can also take whale watching tours!
        2) Southwest Harbor - Another very cute little town. great views of docked sailboats.
        3) Thunder Hole - As you are driving around Acadia, there are lots of pull-offs where you can stop and take pictures. Thunder Hole is a cool area because of the way the rocks on the coast are positioned, when the tide comes in, the force of the water against the rocks shoots the water into the air!
        4) Cadillac Mountain - If you want to see BREATHTAKING views of the coastline, take the short drive up Cadillac Mountain. This is a definite must-see of Acadia! The road is very narrow and windy but once you get to the top, it's well worth it!
        5) Otter Cove - A nice area to just sit out on a rock and enjoy the breeze coming off the water.
        6) Bass Harbor Lighthouse - a nice lighthouse. I've seen some pictures of the lighthouse shot from the rocks below. You aren't really allowed down there, but if you can sneak your way down, your sure to get some great pictures! Just be careful you don't slip on a rock!

Overall, you only need more than 2 days to see Acadia if you plan on hiking or going on one of the boat trips that go along the coastline. If you drive around the park and stop at the main attractions you can see Acadia in 2 days or less.

After leaving Acadia, I stopped at a few coastal villages (Blue Hill, Castine, Belfast) as I made my way back down South. I stopped in Augusta just as it was getting dark. It's a pretty small city but cute and has a nice state capitol building.
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