Whether you are visiting the state of Maine for the first time or the hundredth, a trip to Mount Desert Island will give you a wonderful perspective on the natural beauty of the area, as well as the charm of its man-made architectural style. Mount Desert Island Island is home to Acadia National Park, one of the stunning natural wonders of New England.
The Mount Desert Island area is also home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the country. Nearby Somesville is home to the most photographed footbridge in the United States. When you see this iconic footbridge in person, you will probably recognize it from the thousands of photographs that have been published in books, magazines and on the Internet. A walk across the Somesville footbridge is a must for every visitor. The bridge is so important to the look and feel of the Mount Desert Island area that it is partially owned and preserved by the National Parks Service.
There is more to enjoy on your trip to Mount Desert Island than a walk across the iconic Somesville footbridge. Bike riding or driving around the famous looptidoo is a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon. The Park Loop Road winds its way through Acadia National Park, and it is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. It is best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds and find the best light for the photographs you will surely take.
If your bike ride or drive leaves you hungry, stop by the Jordan Pond House, a Mount Desert Island institution and a favorite place to grab the area’s best ice cream. You can dine inside or sit on the lawn to enjoy the beauty of nature with your favorite cone or cup.
Mount Desert Island is known for its hiking trails, so pack a healthy lunch, lace up your boots and get going. You can find a host of trail heads throughout Acadia National Park, but Gorham Mountain, Flying Mountain and Great Head are among the best. All these trails are suitable for moderate hikers, and they all offer spectacular views at their summits.
If you are visiting Mount Desert Island with the kids, be sure to stop by Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater Boat Cruise. Kids can view and also touch sea creatures in their natural habitat. The little ones will have so much fun, they may even forget they are learning.
The beauty of the sea plays a big role in Mount Desert Island attractions. One of the favorite local spots is the Oceanarium - part aquarium, part museum and part lobster hatchery. There is also a nature walk through an authentic salt marsh and a great gift shop for picking up souvenirs. If you would rather do some bird watching, you can learn about the local wildlife when you book a tour with biologist Michael Good from Downeast Nature Tours. You will learn more than you ever wanted to know about your fine feathered friends.
Whatever it is that you choose to do, a trip to Mount Desert Island is truly a delight for all the senses. Whether you enjoy a day at the lobster hatchery or spend your time hiking and biking the trails, you and your family will want to return to the area again and again.