Our first day in Maine brought quite the change of scenery. Lush forests filled with tall pines graced each side of the road as we drove through the rolling hills toward Portland.
Portland was the half-way point to Acadia National Park and gave us a great opportunity to see Maine's oldest lighthouse!
Portland Head Lighthouse was first lit in 1791, construction began several years earlier under the directive of George Washington, while Maine was still part of the state of Massachusetts. It sits along the rocky shores of Cape Elizabeth in Fort Williams Park and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
As lovely as the cape was, we still had another 3 hour drive to Acadia, so off we went! We drove through clouds and light rain, but the scenery was still beautiful and serene. Unfortunately, there were no moose sightings!
We arrived at our hotel in time for dinner, but no time to explore Acadia. We opted to go into the charming sea town of Bar Harbor for dinner and shopping - good call! Fresh lobster and a mouth-watering Wild Maine Blueberry Crisp for dessert!
We set the alarm for 5:30 am to get an early start exploring Acadia National Park!