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The Best Views in the National Parks: Jordan Pond

Acadia National Park, ME

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This lookout point offers the right mix of fresh water, seawater, and something you don’t see much in this popular Northeast park: emptiness. While the crowds are taking in the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, opt for the 2.6-mile North Bubble Loop to the open granite ledges looking south over clear-water Jordan Pond to the Cranberry Islands in the Atlantic. Time it for mid-October to see the leaves turning from green to glow. Trailhead 44.338556, -68.273335; on Park Loop Rd. Season April to December; October for foliage