Everything You Need to Know About Mount Desert Island, Maine

Travelers encounter a diverse selection of quaint, quiet towns adorning the beautiful, rocky coast of Maine. If you stay with us on Deer Isle, we recommend that you take a day trip to Mount Desert Island, Maine. Fall in love with the natural beauty of our region that takes wanderers off the beaten path. Discover breathtaking natural wonders such as Acadia National Park. Peruse the shops in the charming town of Bar Harbor. Continue reading to learn more about this gorgeous island and access our free Vacation Guide for more suggestions to include in your Downeast itinerary!  

About Mount Desert Island, Maine

Mount Desert Island, Maine, is the largest island off of this state’s coast and the second largest on the Eastern coast of the U.S. Millions of people visit this strip of land every year to go to the major attractions like Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Melted glaciers scrape out gorgeous landscapes here, creating the infamous rocky Maine coast. With its first inhabitants being the Abenaki Native Americans, this island has an amazing history as well as breathtaking scenery. It is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders, unique local shops, and so much more!

The Best Places to Visit

Acadia National Park’s Natural Wonders

Acadia National Park is one of the significant points of interest for those planning to visit Mount Desert Island, Maine. Enjoy views of the rugged coast, wildlife, and the tallest mountain on the United States Atlantic coast. Visitors come from all around to experience the beauty of Acadia National Park, whether they want to hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain, bike historic carriage roads, or sit back and just enjoy the all-encompassing scenery. Hiking is the most popular thing to do here; trails vary in length and difficulty, but each encompasses the beauty of the wilderness. Experience towering trees and distant mountains as you hike through the forest!

Charming Bar Harbor, ME

Another attraction on this beautiful island to include in your day trip itinerary is the small town of Bar Harbor. There’s so much to do in this quaint little town from shopping to enjoying some blueberry wine at Bar Harbor Cellars, one of the best Downeast Maine wineries.  With Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain in the distance, the views from here are stunning! This town also offers attractions to fill your day with fun like the Mount Desert Oceanarium. Here, you can learn about ocean life in Maine!

Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn

Travelers find that there is something so soul-enriching about this region. Explore Mount Desert Island, Maine, sample delicious farm-to-table recipes at local eateries, and stay at the esteemed Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle. Here, it’s easy to immerse yourself in an experience full of unparalleled beauty. Gorgeous accommodations glow with the natural light that floods through the windows. Room Five boasts rich burgundy walls, crisp white bed linens, and elegant decor. Get lost in your thoughts while peering out the window and taking in views of our green garden and tranquil millpond.

Beautiful Room 5 Guest Room at Pilgrim's Inn


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