Today marks the 98th birthday of the National Park Service, the intrepid agency that manages US National Parks. The NPS plays a vital role in preserving and protecting these parks for more than 265 million visitors a year, who come from all across the country and around the world to enjoy them.
There are US National Parks in every corner of the country – from Alaska’s Denali to California’s Joshua Tree to Florida’s Everglades. Up here in the northeast corner, you’ll find our favorite: Acadia National Park, nestled on the coast of Maine.
Acadia’s location on Mount Desert Island gives visitors access to a wide variety of stunning landscapes – mountains, shoreline, woodlands and lakes.
Cadillac Mountain, with its elevation of 1,528 feet, is the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of the United States. For this reason, Cadillac is one of the first places in the country to see the morning sunrise.
Sand Beach is one of the most popular attractions on Mount Desert Island. While most of the Maine coast is rocky, Sand Beach is 290 yards of beautiful sand and shell fragments. The nearby Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff also offer their own unique views of the ocean.
If you’d like to explore the interior of Mount Desert Island, you can travel along more than 50 miles of carriage roads. These “broken-stone” roads were built between 1913 and 1940, and feature numerous stone bridges and scenic views. Best of all, they’re completely free of motor vehicles – so jump on your bike, put on a pair of trail-running shoes or even mount up on a horse to take in these unique roads less traveled.
Acadia National Park is a favorite getaway for many L.L.Bean employees, and we’re proud to support it through our partnership with Friends of Acadia. Since 2002, we’ve contributed more than $3.25 million to Friends of Acadia to protect and preserve the park through youth education programs and the free, ecofriendly Island Explorer bus system.
Please join us in wishing the National Park Service a happy birthday, and a big “Thank You!” for nearly a century of protecting the nation’s most beautiful places!
Have you ever been to Acadia? Which national park is your favorite?