Downeast + Acadia

Things to do in Downeast + Acadia

If any place typifies Maine’s great rugged outdoors, it’s Acadia, the state’s only national park (and the first crowned east of the Mississippi River).

A mainstay of this small community since 1956, it's hard to miss this family-owned lobster shack and seafood distributor, with its large rooftop "Lobsters" sign and row of wood-fired cookers out front.

Ideal for visitors who want to explore Bar Harbor without being confined to a car, this full-service bike shop has a wide variety of recreational and road bikes available for both rent and sale.

The hiking route, in Maine’s Acadia National Park, offers two short but technical trails: the 1.6-mile Precipice and the one-mile Beehive, both of which involve steep climbs with the chance to view endangered peregrine falcons.