Our Acadia Adventure Tour (three hours) will give you a terrific snapshot of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, including several photo stops at spectacular locales throughout the park. After a drive through historic downtown Bar Harbor, we’ll enter Acadia at the Sieur de Monts Springs entrance and will proceed onto the 22-mile-long Park Loop Road.
We’ll traverse this oceanfront/parkland drive at a leisurely pace, passing such landmarks as The Precipice and Sand Beach as we approach the drop-dead-gorgeous Ocean Drive section of the loop. Our first scheduled stop will come at Thunder Hole, a chasm in the granite which, under the right conditions, can produce high waves and booming sounds. We’ll have a few minutes to explore and take photos, and after reboarding our vehicle, we’ll make our way past 107-foot high Otter Cliffs and through the birch-dominated forest landscape to Jordan Pond, a glacial lake nestled among the mountains of Acadia. Along the way, we’ll pause at several overlooks for photos.
We’ll leave the park for a few miles to follow a fascinating route which will take us through Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, the last two bastions of old-money Victorian wealth on Mount Desert Island, and along the shores of Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. We’ll pass a private church built a hundred years ago by Edsel Ford for his Irish Catholic corps of servants; it’s now owned by TV personality Martha Stewart. Then we’ll proceed past Little Long Pond, where John D. Rockefeller’s massive 100-room mansion once stood. We’ll stop at Northeast Harbor, home of dozens of elegant summer cottages which have been passed down through generations, and motor past the “Northeast Harbor Fleet,” the yacht club of that village. Then we’ll meander along the magnificent Sargent Drive, which skirts Somes Sound, our continent’s only fjord (a fjord is a narrow, glacially-carved canyon filled with sea water).
We’ll then re-enter Acadia National Park, making our way to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard of North America. The 360-degree views are stunning and Cadillac offers one of the most spectacular vistas anywhere in the national park system. We’ll take in the view from several vantage points before descending the famous summit road to make our way back to Bar Harbor.
During the trip, we’ll be happy to stop at any point for additional photos or leg-stretching, or simply to enjoy the unparalleled views of Acadia and the Maine coast. Restrooms are available at Thunder Hole, Northeast Harbor and Cadillac Mountain.
**Because of our partnership with cruise lines coming into Bar Harbor, we are not able to offer provide private tours off-ship.