Panamera high above Acadia National Park

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine--It is said that during certain parts of the year, if you were to stand atop Cadillac Mountain here, you could be the first person in the United States to see the sun rise.

Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard, but it is just one of the many highlights at this fascinating national park, adjacent to Bar Harbor, Maine. Founded in 1919 as Lafayette National Park, and renamed in 1929, the park has 47,000 protected acres of stunning shoreline, gorgeous forests, gorgeous lakes and ponds, and hundreds of miles of carriage roads open only to pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, and bicycles.

Here, though, is the Porsche Panamera 4S that CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is road-testing as part of Road Trip 2010, and it is parked near the top of Cadillac Mountain, overlooking the park and the water below.

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Rugged coast line

One of the most recognizable features of Acadia National Park is its rugged coast line. This is just south of Thunder Hole, on the park's southeastern side.

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Fog layer

While there are many crystal-clear days at Acadia National Park, it is also frequently covered in fog. During CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman's Road Trip 2010 visit to the park, a thick layer of fog hovered overhead most of the day, only to partially lift toward the end of the afternoon. Still, the top of Cadillac Mountain never came out of the mist.

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Stone bridge

Throughout the park, there are many stone bridges, some carrying carriage roads, some carrying the park's 27-mile-long loop road for cars. Here, the Porsche Panamera 4S that CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is road-testing on Road Trip 2010 is parked in front of one of the bridges carrying a horses-, pedestrians-, and bicycles-only carriage path.

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Looking down on Thunder Hole

A view down into Thunder Hole, where incoming waves make a loud crashing sound as they roar into and splash out of a small hole carved out of the rock over millennia.

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Thunder Hole

A wave crashes out of Thunder Hole after roaring in on the tide.

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Peregrine chicks

After being banded by Acadia National Park's biologist, four peregrine chicks are seen here in this archival photo huddling in the scrape at the park's Precipice nesting area.

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Peregrine falcon

A peregrine falcon seen on Acadia National Park's Beech Cliff in this archival photograph.

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Eastern Phoebes

Four Eastern Phoebe chicks rest in a nest--only three are visible in this photo--near the Wild Gardens of Acadia, at Acadia National Park. This is the mother's second set of chicks this year, and the birds are no more than two or three weeks old.

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Rough seas

In this archival photograph, Acadia National Park's Ocean Drive is battered by storm-driven heavy seas, a popular image of the park.

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Carriage House

This is Jordan Pond Gate Lodge, in Acadia National Park. Completed in 1932, this building, along with the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge near Northeast Harbor--a town close to the park--"ornament the [park's] carriage road system," according to the National Park Service. "The gates serve as symbolic barriers to automobiles, and welcome the traveler into a motor-free system of carriage roads in the heart of" the park.

"The design of the gate lodges was inspired by the rustic architecture found in France near the home of explorer Sieur de Monts, who once held land claims on Mount Desert Island," where Acadia National Park is located. "Like the bridges, and the carriage roads themselves, the gate lodges were designed to blend harmoniously with their surroundings."

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Visitors to the park can frequently encounter horse-drawn carriages on the carriage roads.

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Rocks atop Cadillac Mountain

Some of the park's most dramatic rock formations are near the top of Cadillac Mountain, such as those seen here.

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Marshy dunes

One of the best parts of Acadia National Park is that it has an incredibly wide range of environments, from mountains to rugged coastline to forests to lakes and ponds to, as seen here, marshy dunes. These are just adjacent to Sand Beach on the park's southeastern corner.

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Above the clouds

The low-lying clouds and fog can make for very dramatic skies at Acadia National Park.

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Three arches

A three-arch bridge that spans a marshy section of the southern portion of the 27-mile-long Loop Road.

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Little bridge

This tiny bridge passes over a flow of water coming out of the southern end of Acadia National Park's Jordan Pond.

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Sand Beach

A view looking east at Sand Beach.

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Jordan Pond

A view straight north over Jordan Pond from its southern end.

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Rugged coast line with beautiful house

Throughout Acadia National Park, there are private houses nestled into nature, as seen here along the park's eastern edge.

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Walkway

A long, narrow wooden boardwalk near the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

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Granite shoreline

A section of granite shoreline at Acadia National Park, in Maine.

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The Bubbles

The park's famous "Bubbles" mountains, as seen in this archival photograph from Jordan Pond.

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Sunny day

A view of North Bubble, as seen in this archival photograph.

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Lighthouse

The fully functional lighthouse at Acadia National Park's Bass Harbor Head.

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Snapper turtle

This snapping turtle's shell is about the size of a quarter. It is seen in one of the park's collection of archival images.

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