The Northeast of the United States is one of the most beautiful, picturesque and peaceful corners of the country. This region is better known as New England, a collection of six states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that all have a distinctly different character. Dubbed the Great Northern in memory of the pioneer railroad that parallels the western half of the route, US‑2 is the most stunning and unforgettable, longest, of all the great transcontinental road trips.
Starting from the west near the beautiful Pacific port city of Seattle, US‑2 runs steeply up and over the volcanic Cascade Range and climbing from sea level to alpine splendor in around an hour. The Great Northern treks coast to coast from Seattle to Acadia National Park, covering some of the country’s darkest forests, vastest plains, craggy peaks and glittering lakes. The Great Northern was named in homage of a railroad that ran parallel with the western portion of the roadway, according to Road Trip USA.
The best way to experience sunrise in Acadia National Park is hiking the 4.4 mile Mountain North Ridge Trail. It is a moderate hike, but offers spanning views from Frenchman Bay. It also ends at the parking area of the Park Loop Road, so we may be able to catch a ride back down the mountain. If we are not inclined to do this hike,we can drive to the top of the mountain and do the 0.4 mile Cadillac Summit Loop Trail.