5 Tips for Acadia National Park

I spent this past weekend filming with GMC on a feature for the Lifestyle portion of the GMC Acadia. I'm excited to show you all how it turns out! My trip to Acadia National Park got me thinking about my favorite things to do there and tips for first time travelers. It is currently peak foliage time and I would highly recommend making the trip to check it out.

1. Do the Cadillac Mountain sunrise hike followed by breakfast at 2Cats

One of the most famous hikes in Acadia, Cadillac Mountain sees the first sunrise in the U.S from October through March. Although cars can drive up to the summit, I think the hike is well worth the adventure. Hiking in the dark (with all the right safety precautions!) is exhilarating and fun.

2. Use Sunset Weather to find the perfect sunrise and sunset times

There are other great spots around Acadia to see the sunrise and sunset. Check out Otter Cliffs and Ocean Path for sunrise, and the west side of Mount Desert Island for sunset.

3. Camp!

Although there are many great B&Bs, Inns, Hotels, and AirBNBs in Acadia, I always found summer camping to be tons of fun. Blackwoods Campground is great if you want to do the Cadillac Mountain Hike. Otherwise Seawall is a good alternative. There's also something special about relaxing in a hammock after a long day of hiking. Reservations are recommended.

4. Hike either the Beehive or Precipice Trail

Both trails offer spectacular views for the more adventurous. The trails can be narrow and dangerous after rain. Both trails require use of iron rungs on the ledges. Of the two, Precipice is the more strenuous one and requires more scrambling. I would highly recommend both for a unique Acadia adventure!

5. Bring your pup, if you have one!

The park is one of the most, if not the most, dog friendly park in the U.S. At most national parks, only a few trails are open to dogs. Acadia has over 100 miles dedicated to dogs, as long as they are properly leashed and registered. Bar Harbor also caters to dogs, with a cute pet store called Bark Harbor to restock on treats and lobster toys, and pet friendly lodging. 

If you're looking for more inspiration, check out my post on a Sample Itinerary for Acadia!