The Loop Road in Acadia National Park is probably one of the prettiest stretches of roadway in America, and during the summer months it is also probably one of the busiest stretches of roadway. In the winter however, much of the road is closed due to the typical Maine winter weather that we can expect soon, but part of it – the stretch between Schooner Head and Otter Cliffs – stays open all year round. Many people don’t realize this, but if you know how to access it via the Schooner Head Road, then you will get to see what is probably the most striking part of the Loop Road in a totally different light. Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove and the rocks at Otter Point are all accessible with spectacular views. There wasn’t any snow yet when I was there earlier this week, but when it does come – and it will – you should really consider exploring this part of the park during winter. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.