Transform an ordinary lighthouse visit into an all-day coastal getaway. Start here, with five unique day trips perfect for a late-summer Saturday by the sea.
To find Acadia’s purest wilderness, just look up to behold the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi.
Gardening and landscaping have always been big among the MDI gentry, and the island today is speckled with serene spots to enjoy the fruits of their leisure.
Since 1999, the Acadia Birding Festival has grown from a get-together for locals to a grand to-do that draws diehard birders from across the country.
It took centuries of storm waves to hew Monument Cove’s namesake pillar from the rugged granite cliffs. Still, the improbable-looking monument is “quite ephemeral.”
Suspended on pilings over the waters of Hadlock Cove, the seasonal Islesford Dock Restaurant counts MDI summer resident Martha Stewart among its fans.
The park’s 45 miles of idyllic carriage roads are the best examples of broken-stone roadways in the country.
Acadia puts an extra rugged spin on the iconic Maine postcard view of the lit tower standing stoically against the shore. Throw your lighthouse expectations out the window: those in and near the park are all a bit quirky in location and/or design.
Four spots — with boatloads of ambiance — to dig into our famous crustacean (just remember, the bibs are for tourists).
The park’s car-free (for visitors, anyway) island outpost in Penobscot Bay is low on traffic and amenities, big on tranquility.
Mount Desert Island hosts a dozen-plus campgrounds and more than 1,200 sites. We visited nearly all of them last summer (really) and decided on the best ones.
From the article “Acadia National Park: Mountain Playground by the Sea” by Herbert J. Seligmann in our August 1959 issue.