You can’t swing a bat without hitting something gorgeous on Mount Desert Island and at Acadia National Park. Just about every rocky beach, vista and overlook is beautiful enough to capture in a photograph.
But these nine MDI spots are particularly gorgeous, and at least one of your shots of these locales will end up in a frame.
As you approach Somesville from Route 102, you can’t miss the picturesque footbridge to your right. The bridge is a favorite subject among photographers and painters.
Park at Sand Beach and walk along Ocean Path to Thunder Hole. On days with rough seas, just don’t get too close with your camera or you may get soaked.
The view from Jordan Pond House is likely one of the most photographed scenes in Acadia National Park. Spring, summer or fall, the North and South Bubbles provide a beautiful backdrop for a photo as they are reflected in the glacier-formed Jordan Pond.
From Northeast Harbor, hop on the mail boat or the Sea Princess for a cruise around Cranberry Isles, where you’ll see the Bear Island lighthouse, which was constructed in 1889.
Otter Cliff is the perfect example of Maine’s quintessential rocky shoreline. The cliff is 110-feet high and is one of the highest Atlantic headlands in North America.
Entire football teams have tried and failed to push Bubble Rock over the edge. Geologists say Bubble Rock came from somewhere in the Atlantic and was moved by glaciers to what is now part of Acadia National Park.
If you want a break from the crowded tourist spots on Mount Desert Island, head to the mainland for a visit to the Schoodic Peninsula. Less popular than its island cousin, but just as beautiful, this serene portion of Acadia is great for relaxing. Catch the red granite shore at sunset for a really special photo.
The only time you won’t get a good view from the Cadillac Mountain summit is on a really foggy day. But the best time to go is at sunrise or at sunset.
This cliffside lighthouse on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island has stood at this point of Bass Harbor since 1852.