Mount Desert, Maine – An Outdoor Paradise

Mount Desert, a 16-by-13-mile island, offers something for everyone, from shopping to kayaking and whale watching to fine dining. Shaped appropriately like a giant lobster claw, the island, in addition to Acadia National Park, offers a taste of rural countryside, heavy forests, winding creeks and clear-blue lakes and ponds. Bar Harbor, the largest town on the island, is also probably the busiest. Originally known as Eden, Bar Harbor became a town in 1796 and thrives today with a steady stream of tourists. With quaint shops offering everything from fine art to cheesy souvenirs, the town offers a lively and entertaining visit. Antique shops, art galleries and restaurants line the streets and oceanfront hotels and campgrounds offer a place to relax at the end of the day. At the southern tip of the island, Bass Harbor Head Light marks the entrance to Bass Harbor. The light, built in 1858, is one of the most photographed lights on the East Coast, probably because of its spectacular location — perched high atop a rocky cliff overlooking the water. The light is fully automated and owned by the Coast Guard, but it

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3 Responses to “Mount Desert, Maine – An Outdoor Paradise”

  1. Avatar of Mark Mark says:

    Sounds like a fun trip!

  2. I’ve always wanted to visit New England and am hoping to make the trip in the spring! I’m going to go whale watching for sure.

  3. Never been to Maine… I’ll have to put this at the TOP of my bucket list!

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