Top Choice National Park in Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park

New England's only national park turned 100 in 2016 – it's a fine-looking centenarian. Within its borders are impressive coastal landmarks and great visitor activities.Drivers and hikers alike can thank John D Rocke…
Top Choice Mountain in Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain

Don't leave the park without driving – or hiking – to the 1530ft summit of Cadillac Mountain. For panoramic views of Frenchman Bay, walk the paved 0.5-mile Cadillac Mountain Summit loop. The summit is a popular plac…
Top Choice Lake in Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond

On clear days, the glassy waters of this 176-acre pond reflect the image of Penobscot Mountain like a mirror. A stroll around the pond and its surrounding forests and flower meadows is one of Acadia's most popular a…
Observatory in Down East

Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory

Acrophobes, look away. At the photogenic Penobscot Narrows Bridge, a narrow, 420ft granite tower (taller than the Statue of Liberty) contains a lookout open to the public offering spectacular 360-degree views of the…
Lighthouse in Southwest Harbor

Bass Harbor Head Light

There is only one lighthouse on Mt Desert Island; it sits in the somnolent village of Bass Harbor in the far southwest corner of the park. Built in 1858, the 36ft lighthouse still has a Fresnel lens from 1902. It's …
Museum in Bar Harbor

Abbe Museum

This downtown museum contains a fascinating collection of cultural artifacts related to Maine's Native American heritage. More than 50,000 objects are in the collection, including pottery, tools, combs and fishing i…
Museum in Acadia National Park

Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring

This summertime offshoot of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is located at the Sieur de Monts Spring area, inside Acadia National Park. This was the original museum location (built in 1928), and it touches on the archa…
Gardens in Acadia National Park

Wild Gardens of Acadia

Botany buffs will appreciate the detail of these 1-acre botanic gardens, which show 12 of Acadia's biospheres in miniature, from bog to coniferous woods to meadow to heath. They're in the Sieur de Monts Spring area …
Gardens in Northeast Harbor

Asticou Azalea Garden

Created in 1956, this simply lovely garden is laced with paths, little shelters and ornamental Japanese-style bridges. Azaleas and rhododendrons bloom profusely from mid-May to mid-June.