A Grand View

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Anyone who visits Acadia National Park probably takes in the grand vista offered by the stretch of blacktop known as The Loop Road. Surely one of America’s most picturesque roadways, visitors who choose this path weave their way from the park entrance through lush New England forest under the shadow of imposing granite mountains to the ragged and distinctive Maine shoreline that adorns many a picture postcard.

I never get tired of cresting the hill just past the turnoff for Sand Beach and seeing the landscape from Thunder Hole to Monument Cove to Otter Cliffs laid out in front of me in all of its glory. On a clear day – or any kind of day for that matter – there is no better sight.

This photograph was taken on my most recent trip to Acadia from the top of Otter Cliffs looking back in reverse along the coast toward Sand Beach in the distance. The powerful body of water in this scene is know as Newport Cove, and it certainly plays a pivotal role in shaping what is a beautiful and impressive view. Hopefully you can appreciate what draws so many people to this remarkable part of the world.

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