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Apr 22, 2022 14:52:18   #
frankraney Loc: Clovis, Ca. For the last 50 years.
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
Friends of Acadia has updated the information page on visiting Acadia National Park for the coming season.

Acadia Opens for 2022 Season

Acadia National Park officially kicked off the 2022 season with the opening of the entire Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Summit Road, on April 15! Vehicle Reservations for Cadillac Summit Road are required from May 25 through Oct. 22, 2022. Learn more about park entrance passes and vehicle reservations here. https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/vehicle_reservations.htm?bblinkid=259978763&bbemailid=39669666&bbejrid=-1965979996

The Hulls Cove Visitor Center opens May 6. Campgrounds and other park facilities will open throughout April and May. Learn more about operating hours and seasons at Acadia. https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/hours.htm?bblinkid=259978762&bbemailid=39669666&bbejrid=-1965979996 For camping reservations visit https://www.recreation.gov/

The fare-free Island Explorer bus system begins service on the Schoodic Peninsula on May 25, and service on MDI will begin on June 23. Masks are required on all buses and at all bus stops. See routes & learn more here. https://www.exploreacadia.com/index.html?bblinkid=259978924&bbemailid=39669666&bbejrid=-1965979996

This will be another incredibly busy season at Acadia. Read the Top 10 Tips for Visiting Acadia in 2022 to help plan your visit. https://www.nps.gov/articles/top-10-things-to-know-before-visiting-acadia.htm?bblinkid=260012338&bbemailid=39669666&bbejrid=-1965979996
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I was there a few years ago in September. No passes needed. Drive everywhere. Great view of bar harbor from the top. We took the car to Nova Scotia. Great ride. Nova Scotia is a great place for photographs. Bday of Fundy is awesome.

It seems all national parks are moving to reservation system. Too bad. Makes it hard to plan anything.

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Apr 22, 2022 15:05:36   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
For those concerned about crowds there is the section of ANP on the mainland on the Schoodic Peninsula which has spectacular scenery and is far less crowded than the parts on Mount Desert Island. Even on MDI the portions of the park on the "Quietside," i.e., Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Bass Harbor, tend to be less crowded than the Ocean Drive part. (But watch out for the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.)

And there is also the part on Isle au Haut, linked to the mainland only by passenger ferry from Stonington. Even I've not been there yet!
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Beautiful, but Three is an eye-catchingly spectacular masterpiece 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

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Apr 22, 2022 15:07:45   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
joecichjr wrote:
Beautiful, but Three is an eye-catchingly spectacular masterpiece 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆


Thanks much!

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Apr 22, 2022 15:19:09   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
Ed Chu wrote:
This thread illustrates why UHH is such a good forum; one finds about not only places, but how to achieve some successful photography while at a destination. One can Google and Google, but responses here often get right to the point.


Thanks, I appreciate the complement. Since I'm fortunate enough to live on MDI year-round now, I'm happy to share what little I know about the area.

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Apr 22, 2022 17:26:41   #
SAVH Loc: La Jolla, CA
 
I would just note for those who are not familiar with the area that several years ago we made a trip to Maine in part to see Acadia National Park. We spent two days there. I was eager to take pictures especially from Cadillac mountain. During our time there, my photographic efforts were frustrated by fog. We could not see more than 10 feet maximum. I missed all of my long awaited shots. Just a head's up. On the positive side, there is great food to be had in town.

Scotty

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Apr 22, 2022 23:35:07   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
Like most coastal areas, the weather on MDI is heavily influenced by the interplay of ocean and land. Fog is most common in June, July and August, but often burns off by mid-afternoon. Fall days are often clear, though fog is always a possibility.

In any event the fog can be an asset for making memorable images any time of year as this journalist, Greg Iacurci, has shown.

https://www.anodetotheroad.com/travel-blog/into-acadia-national-park-through-the-fog

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Apr 23, 2022 00:00:45   #
David in Dallas Loc: Dallas, Texas, USA
 
My church choir took a cruise from Montreal, Quebec to Boston, Massachusetts in 2011, and one of the stops was Bar Harbor, Maine. We did several excursions while there, and a boat ride on a schooner. Was fun. Ate haddock at a nice restaurant in town near the water (my favorite fish). If you're curious, my photos of that day in Bar Harbor are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8712554@N02/sets/72157627442365941/

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Apr 24, 2022 11:28:23   #
bobmcculloch Loc: NYC, NY
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
For those concerned about crowds there is the section of ANP on the mainland on the Schoodic Peninsula which has spectacular scenery and is far less crowded than the parts on Mount Desert Island. Even on MDI the portions of the park on the "Quietside," i.e., Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Bass Harbor, tend to be less crowded than the Ocean Drive part. (But watch out for the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.)

And there is also the part on Isle au Haut, linked to the mainland only by passenger ferry from Stonington. Even I've not been there yet!
For those concerned about crowds there is the sect... (show quote)


Looked at the cruise ship schedule, I'm sure the town appreciates all the tourists coming but I'm not sure I want to be there when 2000 (+/-) people come off a ship for 8-10 hours, got to be crowded in that small town!

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Apr 24, 2022 11:51:08   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
bobmcculloch wrote:
Looked at the cruise ship schedule, I'm sure the town appreciates all the tourists coming but I'm not sure I want to be there when 2000 (+/-) people come off a ship for 8-10 hours, got to be crowded in that small town!


The town is badly split on the cruise ships. Naturally the merchants, restauranteurs and tender operators love the foot traffic. But a majority of the residential community is up in arms and has pushed the town council to restrict the number of ships/passengers. That effort recently stalled, and now there is a citizen initiative (Maine loves citizen-written legislation) to drastically cut cruise ship visitation. There are several interesting federal- and state-law preemption issues, as well as for the 2022 season contract clause issues, to further complicate things.

The other tows on the island (Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor and Tremont) have all pretty much banned cruise ships from using the harbors and docks they control, and the passengers don't tend to wander too far from Bar Harbor (except on their packaged tours into the park). So the crowding is pretty much limited to Bar Harbor.

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/bar-harbor-town-council-defers-cruise-limits-to-2023

https://www.pressherald.com/2022/03/21/bar-harbor-residents-launch-petition-drive-to-limit-cruise-ship-passengers/

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Apr 24, 2022 11:57:41   #
Ed Chu Loc: Rockville MD
 
bobmcculloch wrote:
Looked at the cruise ship schedule, I'm sure the town appreciates all the tourists coming but I'm not sure I want to be there when 2000 (+/-) people come off a ship for 8-10 hours, got to be crowded in that small town!


where do you find this cruise ship schedule ?

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Apr 24, 2022 12:04:34   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
Ed Chu wrote:
where do you find this cruise ship schedule ?


It was posted earlier in the thread, but here it is again. It is subject to change, so if it's important to you check nearer the time that you're interested in.

https://maine.portcall.com/#!?tab=2&port=Bar%20Harbor

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Apr 24, 2022 12:07:57   #
Ed Chu Loc: Rockville MD
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
It was posted earlier in the thread, but here it is again. It is subject to change, so if it's important to you check nearer the time that you're interested in.

https://maine.portcall.com/#!?tab=2&port=Bar%20Harbor


thanks - probably passed it by without realizing its significance

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Apr 24, 2022 12:12:29   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
Ed Chu wrote:
thanks - probably passed it by without realizing its significance


No problem

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Apr 24, 2022 13:13:54   #
bobmcculloch Loc: NYC, NY
 
We like Bar Harbor but due to prices and congestion we're skipping it this year, again, trying Lubec for a change, then to Wells Beach.

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Apr 24, 2022 13:41:57   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
bobmcculloch wrote:
We like Bar Harbor but due to prices and congestion we're skipping it this year, again, trying Lubec for a change, then to Wells Beach.


Have a great trip, have you been to Campobello Island?

Fun story. The last time my wife and I were up north we were driving to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Started as a bright sunny day, we could see the lighthouse off in the distance with great waves crashing against the shore. Half an hour later the fog began to roll in. By the time we arrived it was so thick we could barely get from the parking lot to the entrance to the museum and shop! After about another half hour it had thankfully lifted enough so we could at least safely walk around the park.

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