Acadia National Park best exemplifies the Maine coast. A family get together was our excuse for making the extra drive. Out of Washington, D.C., we shuttled along the Atlantic coast, making Bar Harbor, Maine, our last stop.
A town named Bar Harbor just has to look like this.
The park is a drive. Park entrances are at the edge of town, but the park is immense and requires a car. Almost every view is like this.
You can get the impression you are all alone with the sea.
We made visits on two days, trying to scoop up all there was to see. There is a scenic bridle trail, which we did not partake. We did stop for a while to look and got acquainted with an interesting horse. We were there for maybe 30 minutes, and he never stopped eating grass. There was no grass in his pen, but plenty just outside the fence.
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is the most accessible of these historic sights, and not all that accessible. Getting this photo required some steep steps and clambering over some massive rocks, all the while trying to keep dry.
See what I mean?