Maine’s largest island and home to one of the most visited national parks, Mount Desert Island is a utopia for nature lovers, where the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard rises up from a jagged coastline.
Mount Desert Island
Off the beaten path, Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor offer quieter charms
Maine’s largest island is a wonderland of diverse ecology where large green spruce and pine trees litter the rocky shores and stop just short of plunging into the sea. In the summer months MDI sees millions of tourists each year, many drawn here by Acadia National Park.
Camping is a Maine summer staple. From island camping to family-friendly lakeside sites, these campgrounds are some of the most enjoyable across the state.
Hiking the same trails with the same views can get stale, even in Maine. Take this list, and run, or hike, with it to find a new summertime favorite.
With 57 varieties of broadleaved trees, Maine offers more than enough opportunities for fall leaf peeping, one of the season’s most popular activities. In the northern counties, leaves begin to hit peak color in late September, followed by central and
Acadia Mountain rises up from Somes Sound behind us, and we’re aboard a Hinckley. These coveted yachts are still built by hand a few miles away, known for their iconic curves, polish, and posture.
The solitude of quiet summer waves, the crunch of volcanic rocks underfoot, or the music of a busy boardwalk—whatever you crave as the days grow warm and long, Maine’s beaches provide perfect weekend escapes. GOOSE ROCKS BEACH | KENNEBUNKPORT Three
Andy Mays of Southwest Harbor has been diving for scallops since his 20s. And now he lives for it.