Mount Desert Island Sightseeing, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Maine
How to reach Bar Harbor on the Maine Coast: Go North from Boston on the high speed highways the Maine Turnpike. Boston to Portland Maine is 110 miles north. From Portland follow Route One to Bucksport and then continue north on route One. 280 miles from Boston, 6 hours,
Alternate: Maine Turnpike to Augusta, Augusta to Bar Harbor or Coastal Road Route One from Portland north
Flying in to Rent a car in Boston
Mount Desert Island and the Acadia Nation Park Area offer many sights for vacationers.
The free shuttle bus can be one good way to see much of Mount desert Island.
Campgrounds and hotels are served by the shuttle line with trips to Bar Harbor village, the airport, Acadia NP, and much of Mount Desert Island.
Cadillac Mountain within Acadia NP has a paved road to the top for great sightseeing and offers many hiking and biking trails.
The Island Explorer shuttle bus service provides bike racks.
Sightseeing in Pretty Marsh and Southwest Harbor in Mid June will offer lupines and azaleas in flower.
A lobster and steamed clam dinner with blueberry beer is a highlight of Bar Harbor dinning.
A drive, hike, or bike ride up the Cadillac Mountain road to the peak at dawn or sunset is one of the highlights of a sightseeing trip to Bar Harbor Maine and Mount Desert Island. The views from the highest coastal mountain north of Georgia and the most easterly mountain on the coast open up a vast expanse of the Maine Coast for viewing.
Trails on the mountain lead in many directions and connect to a network of 120 miles of trails to the coast and to several other peaks within the park.
Free Shuttle buses make daily runs throughout the park in season.
Mount Desert Island sightseeing offers Bar Harbor, Asticou Gardens, Blue Poppies at Thuya Gardens, Northeast Harbor, Acadia National Park hiking, biking, and kayaking, and fifty seven miles of bike trails and 120 miles of hiking trails.
Lobster dinner with steamer clams is a signature meal in Bar Harbor.
Shopping, Dining, boat rental, fishing and whale watch are offered in Bar Harbor's village.
Ben and Bills Chocolate Emporium (Ice cream) offers lobster ice cream along many other flavors.
Blueberry beer is popular in Bar Harbor.
Good sightseeing walks and bike rides can be found on fifty seven miles of carriage roads built between 1913 and 1940 by John D. Rockefeller II within Acadia National Park. Trails are open to biking, walking, horses and horse drawn carriages.
Hiking trails within the park offer 120 miles of trail for every level of activity including hikes to three peaks.
The coastal roads Route 3 and Route 102 offer campgrounds, cold water beaches, and sightseeing.
Mount Desert Campground is located in Somes Sound off of Route 3 on Sound Drive. The tent and small RV (20 foot max) campground caters to the kayaker with proximity to the relatively sheltered waters of Somes Sound, a huge salt water inlet. mountdesertcampground.com
Other campgrounds List www.acadiamagic.com
Mount Desert Island Sightseeing
Lobster dinner on Hulls Cove
Sunrise Hulls Cove Route 3, Bar harbor
Shuttle Bus Service: From June 23 to October 11, The Island Explorer, a free shuttle bus service connects many places on Mount Desert Island including regular service to the airport and many campgrounds and hotels. Service extends to Schoodic Point across the bay See schedule:
In Northeast Harbor the Thuya Gardens offers the rare Blue Poppy flowering in mid June.
Nearby the Asticou garden blooms with azaleas.
Best Time To Go: To see the lupines in flower and many other flowering trees and the Blue Poppy, the best time to visit is mid June.
Otherwise mid June to mid October will find most attractions open including the shuttle bus.
Lobster dinner, steamer clams with melted butter, and blueberry beer makes signature meal in Bar Harbor.
sunset sightseeing, Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park