"The Perfect Island" Mount Desert Island by TempNomad
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This National Park has so many walking, hiking, boating, swimming, and historic options that you could just wander around for weeks and always try something new. Don't discount the smaller trails. Not only are they less crowded, but they sometimes have the most interesting nooks and crannies. One smaller trail that we really enjoyed was just past Bass Harbor. It's off of 102A, and it's on the western side of Ship Harbor. There is a small parking lot, and if you've passed Wonderland, you've gone just a little too far. It's an easy trail, but it skims the water, and there are several areas to discover. The children we saw on the trail were loving the water and pebbles. There is also a restroom in the parking lot.
This website is just really helpful for checking out Bar Harbor - http://acadiabarharbor.com/page3f.html
Besides stopping at Thurston's for some of their AMAZING corn and crab chowder, Bernard also has a new book store called Port Side. It has a Maine focus, and the children's book selection and Maine trivia and travel selections are fabulous.
Leaving from various places around the island, but centered in Bar Harbor, don't neglect the Island Explorer. There is even a special van for bikes. You can get to Sand Beach, Southwest Harbor, Jordan Pond, and campgrounds. There is even a shuttle that goes all the way to Trenton if you don't want to drive onto the island. The Acadia pass is required, even if you don't take your car. Well worth it at $20 a week! Lifetime senior discounts are available.
- Pros:Views, friendly people, huge variety of things to do on all budgets
- Cons:Mosquitoes - bring your spray! Eating can get expensive if you're not careful.
- In a nutshell:Visit often
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