At 1,530 feet, this gently weathered mountain is the highest point on the entire North American Atlantic coastline—making it the perfect spot to watch the sunrise (and the first place you can see it in the United States). Though named for the French explorer who discovered it, it was another explorer, Samuel de Champlain, who remarked that the treeless rock of the summit looked like a desert—thereby inadvertently naming the entire island upon which it’s situated. Walkers here will enjoy views of nearby Frenchman Bay and the open ocean beyond.
A landmark of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi, this mountain is not the only interesting feature of the region. Walkers here will love exploring the rocky coastline, sampling dock-fresh seafood, and strolling an unmatched network of carriage roads created by John D. Rockefeller a century ago.
Situated in the heart of the park, Jordan Pond House is a historic teahouse-style restaurant dating from the late 19th century and renowned for its signature popovers. Perfectly situated at the intersection of walking trails, it’s the perfect stop after a morning on the trail.
Named for the wild cranberry bushes that grow profusely throughout the island, Little Cranberry Island is a small community accessible only by boat. The islands’ year-round residents are mainly lobstermen and boat builders.
A bustling town of restaurants, galleries, and active docks, Bar Harbor is the largest community on Mount Desert Island. You’ll have ample opportunities to explore it while staying in a centrally located inn.
Maine’s lobstering tradition is very much alive in Acadia—in fact, we’ll introduce you to a lobster woman we know. Enjoy this dock-fresh bounty during a traditional lobster dinner…the bib is optional!
Maine is famed for its craggy coast, and nowhere is that more evident than here, where a narrow channel in the coastal ledge creates a booming crash of spray when the tide is right.
A Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Hotel.” Located on shady waterfront grounds, this grand resort
offers both in-town convenience and an oceanfront location just minutes from Acadia National Park.