The land of Acadia was first designated as Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, then renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919 when it became the first national park east of the Mississippi. The name as we now know it was bestowed in 1929 and encompasses 47,000 acres that protect some of the highest mountains along the Atlantic coast.
This rocky and rugged landscape of pink-granite ridges were carved from slow-moving glaciers during an ice age occurring 18,000 years ago. Its sweeping spruce-fir forests, deep glacial ponds, and 64 miles of coastline bring close to 3.5 million people every year, a daunting number for one of the smaller national parks. So, it was a delight to arrive in January and not only find ourselves secluded from big crowds, but to also see before us a vast winter wonderland.