Beautiful Spots

This page provides links and brief introductions to some beautiful spots. (Check here for some beautiful moments I captured.)

It is the First Eastern National Park in USA.

It reserves a big part of Mount Desert Island, and several smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. It was initially named the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, and was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919, and its current name Acadia in 1929. Acadia is the oldest designated national park area east of the Mississippi River.

I have visited her many many times while I was pursuing my PhD in Maine.

Check out these amazing video introduction to Acadia National Park:

Acadia Always (2013) and The Gift of Acadia (1992) both narrated by Jack Perkins (his narration is incredible), and a short video by National Parks, Acadia National Park.

Acadia Always: The Story of Acadia National Park
A brand new look at one of America’s favorite national parks. Jack Perkins, former NBC News correspondent and host of A&E’s Biography Series, lends his powerful narrative to this hour long tribute to the people who created Acadia National Park and to those who keep and preserve it. The photography of Jeff Dobbs and Bing Miller, who call Acadia home, and the music of John Cooper will lift your spirits and keep Acadia alive in your heart..always

The volcano park is amazing. I visited it once with my family in June 2015.

During the day time, it is not easy to see red volcano lava erupting, just some smoke is visible. It was the most amazing view during night — red and live volcano lava!

We stayed in a hotel called Volcano Inn, which is very near the national park, and we experienced an earthquake with 5 magnitude when we were there. My family and I were all shocked by the sudden and super strong shaking and loud noise (but just a  very short moment), thus we were not sure whether it was an earthquake or not, until the next morning we heard other guests of the hotel were discussing about the earthquake, and further confirmed by this news (pdf).

"A man may stand there and put all America behind him." 

-- Henry David Thoreau

The Cape Cod National Seashore, created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.

It includes ponds, woods and beachfront of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion. It covers nearly 40 miles (64 km) of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham.

It is administered by the National Park Service.

By the 1890s, Provincetown was booming, and began to develop a resident population of writers and artists, as well as a summer tourist industry.

My family and I visited the seashore in the early June, 2016 for a few days. We have visited different fantastic beaches and the so called writers and artists’ town: Provincetown — there were several decent restaurants. (We stayed in Orleans — it has several pretty good restaurants as well.)


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