As the days get longer and the chill comes out of the air, people across the Northeast will begin to map out what their summer will look like. From trips to the beach or lazy days on the lake, fun will be had once again in the summer.

But for those that don't call Maine home, the state has become a destination for all sorts of different visitors, whether that's those who can't get enough of Maine's craft beer scene, those who want to indulge in Maine's culinary delights, or those seeking a little more adventure and natural beauty.

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park
James Griffiths Photography

It's that natural beauty that got Maine included on Love Exploring's 'Ultimate Bucket List Road Trip' across America, featuring over 50 different unmissable experiences in the country. From driving the road into the Florida Keys to taking a boat beneath Niagara Falls, the road trip includes many once-in-a-lifetime experiences.


So perhaps it's no surprise that a trip to Acadia National Park is listed as an unmissable experience by Love Exploring. But not just any ordinary visit to Acadia. Love Exploring says that if you want to immerse yourself in the moment, you need to visit Acadia when the sun rises very early in the morning.

Sunrise in Acadia National Park observed from the top of Cadillac mountain.

All of that requires a few different hoops to jump through, including an early morning wake-up call and the ability to summit Cadillac Mountain. But as far as individual moments where the entire world feels quiet and serene, it's hard to disagree with Love Exploring naming it an unmissable experience.


The Most Visited Maine State Parks in 2023

Here are the 20 most visited Maine state parks and historic sites in 2022, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land.

Note: Baxter State Park has private reservations and numbers. You will not see it on this public list.

Gallery Credit: Chris Sedenka

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