Why the Obamas Will Love Acadia National Park

The Obamas went to the top of Cadillac, but they didn't get up for sunrise

The Obamas are in Maine today enjoying a family vacation to Acadia National Park.  Here are four reasons why I think it’ll make them forget all about Martha’s Vineyard. 

Let’s give a hand to our national parks 

Craggy Maine coastline

Acadia has spectacular scenery.  The national park occupies about two-thirds of Mount Desert Island, the third largest island on the East Coast, about the same size as Martha’s Vineyard.  But with 24 mountain peaks, it’s where the sea and mountains meet – a key reason why travelers consistently name it one of the most beautiful islands in the world. 

Let’s move and get outdoors 

Atop Acadia Mountain

The First Lady’s campaign against childhood obesity is called LET’S MOVE.  To do just that, the park offers 120 miles of hiking trails and 57 miles of car-free carriage roads that wind among glacial lakes and around spruce-covered mountains.  The Obamas have  already biked to Witch Hole Pond, a secluded spot even on holiday weekends.  One of my favorite hikes is to the top of Acadia Mountain which can conclude with a dive from a granite promontory into Echo Lake.  Since the Obamas are accustomed to beaches in Hawaii, they may want to opt to swim there in Echo Lake instead of the chillier ocean waters of Sand Beach! 

Let’s see the science behind things

Park Ranger at Jordan Pond

The National Park Service rangers host daily walks, talks, amphitheatre programs, and cruises – most of which are free.  The President and First Lady would become as engaged as Malia and Sasha to learn about birds of prey, insects in a stream, and the stars over Sand Beach.   In addition to the National Park Service, educational programs are also sponsored by independent nature cruises, a natural history museum, whale museum, and oceanarium.

 Let’s see where food comes from 

Lobster and blueberries -- classic Maine fare

There are 60,000 acres of wild blueberries that grow naturally in Maine, so it’s no surprise that you can pick and eat them throughout Acadia National Park.  That, after all, was what happened in Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal.  Restaurants throughout the island also provide ample opportunity to sample not only what comes from the farm to the table, but also from the dock– including lobster, of course.  A harborside restaurant was on the Obama’s agenda yesterday after a boat tour of Frenchman Bay.

 Planning Your Own Trip

 OUR ACADIA is a great way to plan a trip, starting with the best time to visit.  You’ll find restaurant tips, recommendations for kayaking trips and family rock climbing guides, and even ideas for what to do if it rains. 

 If the First Lady reads the list of 22 great things to do with your kids in Acadia National Park, she’ll probably decide they need more than three days there.


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