Good morning, America! This is where America’s day begins. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is the first place in America to see the sun, with its breathtaking views of Frenchman's Bay, it is a great place to mark any new beginning.
Everyone knows the directional points on the compass, but you have to know something about Maine to know “Downeast.” Back in the day, “Downeast” described the direction sailing ships traveled to get here from New York and Boston. That is, downwind and to the east. Over time, here in Maine, we refer to Downeast as the further part of Route One from Belfast to Lubec. The ocean tides of Downeast are some of the highest on the planet, with highs and lows occurring twice daily. It truly has to be seen to be believed. And here is where you will find Maine’s jewel, Acadia National Park. Worth a visit in any season, the wildness of Maine comes together in one breathtaking setting here in Acadia. It is not overstating to say the ocean, the mountains, wildlife, lakes, granite cliffs, and piney woods are spectacular vacation highlights.
Ellsworth is the gateway to Acadia and also features a time-travel trip via the Downeast Scenic Railroad. In addition to Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is comprised of many small villages and it has more to offer – galleries, restaurants, museums, gardens, and boutiques. Bar Harbor, the largest, is known as the summer resort of the “rich and the famous,” and regularly appears on lists of America's Favorite Towns. Milbridge is a perfect stop for all things quintessentially Maine -- wildlife (whales, puffins, moose), seafood and blueberries, and historic sites all on the shores of Narraguagus Bay.
The classic seaside town of Bucksport has a working waterfront and history from as far back as 5000 years ago with the Red Paint People through the Revolutionary War and 1812 conflict, there are fascinating stories to tell.