Scenic USA - Maine

Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Points of Interest

Carriage Roads of Acadia

Acadia's Sand Beach

Bar Harbor

Bear Island Lighthouse

Jordan Pond

Mount Desert Island

Cadillac Mountain

Somesville Bridge

Bass Harbor Head Light

Schoodic Scenic Byway

Eagle Lake

 

 

Frenchman Bay

Frenchman Bay - Maine

Photo by Ben Prepelka

     Frenchman Bay, separating the Schoodic Peninsula from Mount Desert Island, has always been a busy place. Even before all the tourists arrived, sailors and fishermen settled in the bay's small coves and snug, secure harbors. Codfish racks covered the banks, as well as lobster traps and wooden wharves. With a small investment, shipyards sprang up all along the coastline.
     During the mid 1800s, artists and journalists introduce this beautiful section of the country to the rest of the world. Artists of Hudson River School inspired the well to do to explore the area in and around Frenchman Bay. When villager's cottages and cabins stayed filled all summer long, seaside motels and hotels sprouted up by the late 1800s. Prominent industrialists moved in. Summers retreats, built by Rockefellers, Fords, Vanderbilts and Carnegies, were some of the most elegant mansions in the area.
     Today, tourists are introduced to the bay area from the water. Boat tours show off the Bay's islands, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and the bay area wildlife. Sea birds, porpoises, seals and resident raptors thrill the coastal tourists. With classic Maine seaside scenery and mountainous backdrops, it's understandable that tourism is Acadia's leading industry.

    Schoodic Peninsula Map


 

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