Acadia National Park....

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larrys0411 Forum Member • Posts: 74
Acadia National Park....

I'll be visiting the Acadia National Park for several days beginning July 19th.

I'm concerned that photo opportunities will be limited due to a high influx of park-goers/crowds, etc. this time of year. I could be wrong.

Does anyone have knowledge of other interesting, unique locations providing very good photo opportunities? (United States).

I would probably prefer locations with (large) bodies of water, i.e. ocean, lakes.
A drive of a couple hours or so from the Bar Harbor area would not deter me.
I appreciate any suggestions....thank you,
Larry
PS....alternative photo locations within the park would be helpful as well.

zackiedawg
zackiedawg Forum Pro • Posts: 29,674
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Honestly, I wouldn't expect crowds to be all that big of a problem...it's the same story at any National park or popular area, but shouldn't prevent excellent photos...it's all just about angles, going against or away from the crowded spots, picking different hours, and being a little more patient for scenic shots. I can take people-free photos even in Disney World on a crowded day - it's just a matter of timing and patience.

Acadia is a pretty big park, so you shouldn't have a problem getting away from the crowds. Vistas from Cadillac mountain are looking out, so it doesn't matter if you're standing next to 1,000 people. The coastal trails out of Bar Harbor, along the bay front, are wonderful for scenic vistas and not as crowded - you can walk for miles around the bay and most tourists stay near town or the bus routes. During low tide, you can walk out to some of the islands nearby...great shots back to town from there too. Scenic 'Maine' shots like lobster boats at anchor in the bay, docks, piered buildings, rocky coastlines, etc are always available all around you, with no people getting in the way of the shot since you are shooting out over water, cliffs, etc.

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DaveOl
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While you're up there check into a Lobster dinner as they're supposed to be really cheap at the moment. I went to Acadia Natl Park when I was a kid. Mostly remember the view from the top of the mountain. That was in the 60's , probably a lot more crowded now. Don't forget L L Bean store is up in that neck of the woods.

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OP larrys0411 Forum Member • Posts: 74
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Zackiedawg....Thank you!
Just the kind of comment I was looking for....
Now I'm even more excited!!
Thanks again, Larry

OP larrys0411 Forum Member • Posts: 74
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Thank you Dave....can't wait to get there!

I've been told I gotta' stop in Boothsbay Harbor, (couple hours south)....great food with emphasis on crab cakes!!
Larry

Tim A2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,099
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If you want to get away from the crowds consider going over across the bay to Schoodic Point. Read the reviews on tripadvisor and decide if it is for you. There are so many places you do not want to miss. The coast of Maine is a photographer's delight. I have a tip for you that will ensure your trip will be a success. Borrow from the library, or buy, but absolutely for sure get the Reader's Digest Book, "the Most Scenic Drives in America" and follow their route along the Maine coast. It is that simple. Here is a link that has some of the information from the book.

http://www.rd.com/advice/travel/drive-maine-coast

Tim

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Tim A2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,099
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I forgot to to emphasize this point about the Reader's Digest route. It is the route itself that is important. Many of the places they talk about probably won't interest you. Just drive the route and discover for yourself the delights along the way. You will, however, have to deal with the problem of finding a place to stay at night in the busy vacation season.

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OP larrys0411 Forum Member • Posts: 74
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Thank you Tim.....excellent idea on the Reader's digest....

romphotog
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I wasnt impressed by it at all.

If you like water, with no crowds, and big ships, go to NYC, Coney Island W37st. Or go inside SeaGate, there is a nice light house there, and some WWII relics.

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