From a mountain peak that catches the rays of America’s first sunrise, to the largest whirlpool in the western hemisphere, to the world’s highest tides—the Two Nation Vacation doesn’t just share untouched wilderness, it casts a spell that will take your breath away.
Here are the top 7 must-see natural wonders in the land beyond borders:
Acadia National Park
Along the rugged coast of Maine you’ll find the 47,000 acres of granite-topped mountains, lush forests, lakes, ponds, and spectacular coastal views of Acadia National Park. For early birds, a hike to the top of the park’s Cadillac Mountain is a must. It’s the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, which gives you the chance to see the first sunrise in the United States. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome!
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Twitching for a great wildlife outing? Then plan a trip to the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. With diverse habitats spread over four mainland areas and 61 islands, you’ll have the chance to see endangered and threatened species, colonial nesting seabirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. And don’t be surprised if a seal or two pops up to say hello.
Did you know puffins are sometimes nicknamed "sea parrots" and "clowns of the sea"? Whatever you call them, this pair's pretty cute. // : @melinda.foster #maine #machiassealisland #natgeo #travel #travelgram #instatravel #outdoorusa #discoveramerica #atlanticocean #puffins #birdwatching #twitching #adventure #nature #wildlife #twonationvacation
No Two Nation Vacation is complete without saying Whale hello there to some Humpbacks, Minkes, Finbacks, or even the rare Right Whale. Seeing these gentle giants jump, play, and sing in the waves is truly unforgettable. Plus, there are plenty of ways to get up close and personal with these friendly locals.
Humpback Whale, New Brunswick
Went on a whale watch out of Eastport Maine. I've gone quite a few times with Eastport windjammers but this was the best. The Minke whales were breeching! Primary video capture was by @edwardhenrygeorgelastpowell I slowed it down and zoomed in. #eastportmaine #minkewhale #whale #whalewatching #passamaquoddybay #eastportwindjammers
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Owned by a queen and roamed by a president – Campobello Island is a magical place that’s home to Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Explore the park’s forests, bogs, and magnificent seashore vistas as well as the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s impressive summer home and you’ll understand why he came back to this beautiful spot again and again.
Campobello Island, New Brunswick
Old Sow Whirlpool
Off the southwestern shore of Deer Island, New Brunswick, and the northeastern shore of Moose Island, Maine, you’ll find the Old Sow Whirlpool – the largest tidal whirlpool in the western hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Formed by the tides, one estimate puts the whirlpool’s diameter at approximately 76 metres or 250 feet!
"Old Sow" //May 2014// I remember going by zodiac off the coast of New Brunswick to look for whales and porpoises and what we explored was much more. ••• We encountered what is the second largest whirlpool in the world around the Bay of Fundy also known as the location of the highest tides in the world. ••• Some things you don't set out to discover they kind of find you. ••• #NewBrunswick #FrenchCanada #OldSow #whirlpool #love #BayofFundy #NovaScotia #Maritime #Maine #travel #wanderlust #photography #planetearth #lonelelyplanet #nature #naturephotography #exploreCanada #NouveauBrunswick #AtlanticOcean #NorthAtlanric #journey #zodiac #Canada #vikings #parksCanada #parcsCanada #ExploreNB
Fundy National Park
If you want phenomenal, you have to stop at Fundy! With deep forests, hidden waterfalls, rugged coastal trails, bays, beaches, and brooks – Fundy National Park really does let you choose your own adventure. Hike, bike, kayak, or backpack through the pristine wilderness and let yourself get caught up in the beauty of the Bay of Fundy.
Waterfall, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
The Hopewell Rocks
Iconic and dramatic, there’s no wonder The Hopewell Rocks are one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Here you can walk on the ocean floor under the unique flowerpot rocks at low tide then return at high tide and kayak over the very same spot! And those tides – they just happen to be the world’s highest – rising up to 4 storeys!
Hopewell Rocks under a rose filter : cindykassab_photography/IG // Les rochers Hopewell sous un filtre rosé. | : cindykassab_photography/IG #ExploreNB #ExploreCanada #picoftheweek @cindyKassab #photodelasemaine #photo #photography #imagery #coolshot #romantic #idealweddingspot #belleimage et location de #marriage @rochersHopewell @hopewellrocks #explorezsansfin
Go on a Two Nation Vacation and let these natural wonders cast their spell on you.