National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

Fall colors light up the park's historic carriage roads // Photo courtesy of NPS

Fall colors light up the park’s historic carriage roads // Photo courtesy of NPS

Acadia National Park

Founded:

In 1919, Acadia National Park finally became a reality and established itself as the first National Park on the East Coast. This beautiful park inhabits most of Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine and includes mountains, ocean air, shoreline, woodlands, and lakes.

Things To Do:

Plan accordingly and visit Acadia National Park in the fall. The explosion of colors is in full force around mid-October and may prove to be the most breathtaking fall colors you’ve ever seen. Using your smartphone or a GPS, we highly recommend exploring the park through the EarthCache Program. With clues from the Acadia website you’ll be led on an adventure throughout the park to significant sites in the area—we promise it’s fun.

Where To Stay:

At only a 10-minute walk to the ocean, the Blackwoods Campground is a gem of a campsite to pitch a tent for the night. The wooded campground is best suited for small or large tents, but a few spots can accommodate RVs.

Breweries:

It’s no surprise that Portland is where you go to find great beer. But it may surprise you that we are talking about Portland, Maine, not Oregon. Before you leave for Acadia, stock up on your favorite Belgian style beers at the celebrated Allagash Brewing Company, then make your way to Liquid Riot Bottling Company (formerly known as In’finiti Fermentation & Distilling) and of course Maine’s largest brewery, Shipyard Brewing. Those supplies might not last you the journey into Acadia, but don’t worry. Maine Beer Company in Freeport is on the way, and Atlantic Brewing is located in Bar Harbor just outside the park.

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