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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

After weeks of freezing weather and having snow dumped down on us day after day, we finally had a little relief. Sunday was (mostly) sunny and 52 degrees, which is t-shirt weather to most Mainers. Spencer and I had been dying to visit Acadia National Park again but not in the harsh cold. Although the ground was still covered in snow, Sunday was our best option.

Acadia National Park

We weren't 100% sure what we were going to do once we got to Acadia. Most things are closed till April and we don't snowshoe or cross-country ski, so that left us extremely limited. The places that were open had limited parking because of the snow piled up in half of the spots and the tourists staying on Mount Desert Island had flocked there very early in the morning. We drove around for quite a while looking for things to do, then finally came across the entrance to the Ocean Drive portion of Park Loop Road, one of my favorite parts of Acadia and one of the few areas that is open this time of year.

Acadia National Park

The Ocean Drive area was packed but we found parking quickly. Tons of people were out walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. We got out and started walking south, from Thunder Hole to Otter Cliff but stopped a lot along the way to try to get closer to the water. Spencer and I both wandered into some deep snow a couple times and were snickered at by the snowshoers and skiers. Whatever, at least we were out there! But it was quite funny, I giggle each time I see this photo of Spencer caught in the snow.

Acadia National Park

It really is so much different to experience Acadia in the winter when Mount Desert Island is blanketed in snow. I was a  bit cocky, thinking I knew the place like the back of my hand, but the snow changes that.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia is as beautiful as ever right now and I already wish that I was back there. If you haven't been, I can't recommend it enough. Don't forget that the National Park Service offers free entrance days, so start planning your visit to a National Park!

Which National Park is your favorite? Which one do you want to visit the most? Arches and Saguaro are at the top of my list!
5 comments on "Winter at Acadia National Park"
  1. Wow, what stunning views! The photo of you looks like something for a travel mag or advert haha. Really professional looking.

    Angi www.twodifferentworlds.com

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  2. Awesome snow pictures of this park, I have been through the Blue Ridge Parkway several times plus its just a hour away to get on! :)

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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    1. I love the Blue Ridge Parkway! I grew up in Virginia and miss it very much. It's such a beautiful place.

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  3. What a beautiful day, even in February! Since I have visited Acadia already, I think the next national park on my list would be Yosemite in California!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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