5 things to do while in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine

Road tripping from southern Indiana to Acadia National Park is no easy task, but the scenery on New England’s back roads was definitely worth the journey. My mom and I visited Acadia in early June and had to wait out a couple of unseasonably cold and rainy days at the hotel in Bangor before traveling approximately 50 miles to our supreme destination.

Although it was a one-day whirlwind adventure at the beautiful national park, I am recommending a few things we truly enjoyed during our short stay. There is one item on the list that I definitely want to do when I return someday. 🙂

1. Take in the view from Cadillac Mountain! Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain is a special place indeed. Climb to the summit of the lichen-covered pink granite mountain early enough in the morning, and you can stand on the first place the sunrise touches in the contiguous United States! It was cold and windy at that altitude, so be sure to dress warmly.

The majestic view from Cadillac Mountain!
The majestic view from Cadillac Mountain!

2. Take Oli’s Trolley. Get a history lesson and conveniently see many of the sights in Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island when you take Oli’s Trolley. The 2 1/2 hour tour we selected took us through downtown Bar Harbor into Acadia National Park and stopped at must-see sites including Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, and Sieur de Monts Spring.

Ladyslipper is a feature of the wild gardens of Acadia.


Oli’s Trolley is behind me. 🙂


3. Get a lobster roll and blueberry pie at the West Street Cafe. Across the street from Oli’s Trolley Station is pure deliciousness. I recommend the lobster roll with fries and the piping hot Maine blueberry pie! Heavenly!

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4. If you’re still hungry, grab some ice cream at CJ’s Premium Ice Cream & Yogurt. They have tons of flavors from which to choose, but the rum raisin is delicious!

I told you they had a lot of flavors! 😉
rum raisin….Yum!


5. Bucket list item: Go on a whale and puffin sight-seeing cruise. I’m definitely doing this next time. Puffins are so stinkin’ cute!


I did happen to see this not-so-little guy while shopping in Bar Harbor! ;)
I did happen to see this not-so-little guy while shopping in Bar Harbor! 😉

Carl Heilman II’s gorgeous landscape photography fills the pages of The Coast of Maine. Check it out while planning your ultimate trip to the Vacationland state!

Until next time, Happy Trails!


9 thoughts on “5 things to do while in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine

  1. Thanks for following my blog! This is a great post. Maine is such a beautiful place.
    My mum and I roadtripped from New York to Bar Harbour last November! We just missed the autumn colours but had a lovely time. Very different kind of year to your visit. I may make a post about it later if you’re interested to hear an aussie’s perspective 🙂

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