Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine [PHOTO BLOG]

My perfect way to end the summer is with a road trip! Seriously, I can just get into my car and drive a few hours to get out of my hometown, see amazing sights, and visit friends who live in other parts of the country — how great is that?! Since camping has been on my bucket list for quite some time (and was one of my goals for 2016), I decided to round up a few friends and head north for a brief camping trip over Labor Day weekend (how can I not take a trip when I already have an extra day off work?!). So with a quick stop in Boston to grab my wonderful friends, we made our way up to Acadia National Park for the weekend!

Acadia National Park, Maine

Naturally, we decided to start off with Precipice Trail, one of the hardest trails at Acadia.

Acadia National Park, Maine

It was like a giant obstacle course! At first, we were climbing over fields of boulders, and then we were climbing up metal rungs on the side of the mountain. #likeaboss

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

It was a long way up, but totally worth it!

Acadia National Park, Maine

The views were stunning (iPhone photos really don’t do any justice).

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

(When you have a couple AND a photographer with you… #thirdwheeling).

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

We were very glad we hiked up, not down this trail.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Day 2 we took a slower pace, opting for a walk around the coast.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Eventually (after like 4 hours…) we made it to the beach! Shoes finally got to come off. The water was absolutely freezing, in case you were wondering.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Our last stop of the day was for a “popover” (they were a must have, we were told). And blueberry soda!

Acadia National Park, Maine

Since we had to get up pretty early our last morning to make the long haul back to PA, we voted to get up an hour earlier to see the sunrise. We pack up our tent in the dark, jumped in my car, and speed up Cadillac MountainΒ (seriously though, I felt like I was in Mario Kart) to watch the sun peak over the horizon.

 Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Totally worth the 12 hourΒ drive.

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