This past weekend I was filming with GMC for a feature on the GMC Acadia Lifestyle section. It’s going to be great! After my trip to Acadia National Park, I thought about the best things to do there as well as tips for first-time travelers. It’s peak foliage season right now, so I recommend you make the trip.
1. Enjoy the Cadillac Mountain sunrise hike, followed by breakfast at 2Cats
Cadillac Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in Acadia. It sees the first sunrise in America every October through March. The hike up the summit is possible by car, but I believe it’s well worth the effort. You can hike in the dark, provided you take all safety precautions. It is thrilling and enjoyable.
2. To find the best sunrise and sunset times, use Sunset Weather
Acadia has many other beautiful spots to view the sunset and sunrise. For sunrise and sunset, visit Otter Cliffs or Ocean Path.
Acadia is home to many wonderful B&Bs and Inns. I find summer camping to be a lot of fun. Blackwoods Campground is a great place to camp if you are interested in the Cadillac Mountain Hike. Seawall is another option. After a hard day hiking, there is something very special about sitting in a hammock. Reservations are highly recommended.
4. You can hike either the Precipice Trail or the Beehive Trail.
The trails offer breathtaking views for those who are more adventurous. After rain, the trails can become narrow and treacherous. Iron rungs are required for both trails. Precipice, which requires more climbing and is more strenuous, is the harder of the two. Both are highly recommended for an Acadia adventure.
5. If you have one, bring it!
This park is considered one of the most dog-friendly parks in America. Only a handful of trails are allowed at most national parks. Acadia is home to over 100 miles of trails for dogs. As long as the dogs are properly leashed, registered and registered. Bark Harbor, a pet shop in Bar Harbor, caters to dogs. You can also find treats and lobster toys there, as well as pet-friendly lodging.