Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor

(4.9/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
The home of Arcadia National Park and one of the largest islands off the coast of Maine, Mount Desert Island attracts over two million visitors every year. The island is known for being a place of relaxation for the rich and famous away from the bustle of New York City. It wasn't until the early 20th century that the land on the island was given to the federal government, which took steps to protect it as a park in 1919. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Bar Harbor holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mount Desert Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We ventured by car, south of the park, and enjoyed other harbor areas, passing stunning homes and great views. Although we did not stop, a number of restaurants along the route looked worth a visit. 
  • We love it here during the off season, May or November. We stay on the Quiet Side of the island at Southwest Harbor. Our favorite drives are down to Bass Harbor, up to Northeast Harbor, over to Bar Ha...  more »
  • What a beautiful place to walk around and take in the scenery. So many great places to explore and take photos.