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Mount-Desert-Island is located in "Downeast Maine," home to Acadia National Park and the tourist town of Bar Harbor. The island is a geological wonder carved by a giant glacier that, when it melted, left mountains, lakes, woodlands and streams, and the 7-mile long Somes Sound - the only fjord on the East Coast of the U.S. There are only four official townships on the Mount Desert Island - Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor and Tremont. Bar Harbor is the most well known community, a charming town with quaint shops and restaurants, outdoor festivals, an Oceanarium and Natural History Museum. Visitors from all over flock to this romantic seaside village to enjoy the natural beauty and variety of activities. Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island offers exciting activities such as sea kayaking, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, canoeing, sailing and special sea cruises. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the dry land, there is beachcombing, hiking, biking, rock climbing and golf. The scenery with its' cobblestone beaches, granite cliffs that rise from the sea and picturesque fishing villages also makes it an ideal vacation spot for photographers and artists. In addition, winter is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year on Mount Desert Island, and offers snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and ice skating and carriage rides along picturesque groomed trails. Points of interest in the area include the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Sand Beach, Cadillac Mountain and the Park Loop Road.

Surrounding areas: Somesville, Maine (1.1 mi), Acadia, Maine (2.6 mi), Northeast Harbor, Maine (4.6 mi), Southwest Harbor, Maine (4.7 mi), Tremont, Maine (6.6 mi), Seawall, Maine (7.1 mi), Bar Harbor, Maine (7.2 mi)

Mount Desert Island Vacation Rentals

Mount Desert Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Fairfield Inn125 Eden StBar Harbor, ME6.6 mi.(207) 288-8983
Fairfield Inn325 Eden StBar Harbor, ME6.6 mi.(207) 288-8883
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort-bar Harbor123 Eden StBar Harbor, ME6.6 mi.(207) 288-9723
Atlantic Oakes119 Eden StBar Harbor, ME6.7 mi.(207) 288-5801
Bar Harbor Quality Inn40 Kebo StBar Harbor, ME6.8 mi.(207) 288-5403
Wonder View Inn50 Eden StBar Habor, ME6.9 mi.(207) 288-3358
Best Western InnRR 2 Box 1127Bar Harbor, ME7.4 mi.(207) 288-5823
Snell House21 Atlantic AveBar Harbor, ME7.6 mi.(207) 288-8004
Colonial Travelodge321 High StEllsworth, ME13.1 mi.(207) 667-5548
Holiday Inn-ellsworth-acadia NTL Park215 High StEllsworth, ME13.4 mi.(207) 667-9341
Comfort Inn130 High StEllsworth, ME13.5 mi.(207) 667-1345
Best Western Jed Prouty Inn64 MainBucksport, ME26.2 mi.(207) 464-3113
Light's Motel & Restaurant215 E Main StSearsport, ME28.7 mi.(207) 548-2405

Mount Desert Island Weather & Climate

Southeast Maine , along the Atlantic Seacoast, has a distinct four-season climate. This area, often referred to as "Downeast Maine," includes the Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. Visitors are advised to come prepared for a variety of weather conditions in this part of Maine because the climate is highly changeable. Temperatures in summer can range as much as 45 degrees F to 85 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures vary from 30 degrees F to 70 degrees F. You may also encounter fog or rain at any time. The Maine coastal climate is ranked second to only the Pacific Northwest in annual precipitation. This moisture occurs in every form at Acadia National Park. Ice storms are regular in winter and early spring. Average annual rainfall is 48 inches and average annual snowfall is 61 inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 10°F 5.94 in. -
February 34°F 13°F 4.52 in. 36°F
March 41°F 22°F 5.46 in. 38°F
April 52°F 32°F 4.93 in. 43°F
May 65°F 42°F 4.53 in. 49°F
June 74°F 51°F 4.10 in. 54°F
July 79°F 57°F 3.38 in. 58°F
August 78°F 56°F 2.93 in. 62°F
September 69°F 48°F 4.42 in. 58°F
October 57°F 38°F 4.86 in. 54°F
November 47°F 28°F 6.42 in. 52°F
December 36°F 16°F 5.81 in. 44°F

Mount Desert Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located about 7 miles north of Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located approximately 39 miles northwest of Mount Desert Island in Bangor, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located roughly 42 miles west of Mount Desert Island in Rockland, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 66 miles west of Mount Desert Island in Waterville, Maine, and finally the Augusta State airport (AUG) located about 71 miles west of Mount Desert Island in Augusta, Maine.

Mount Desert Island Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME6.3 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME119.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Northeast Harbor Golf ClubNortheast HarborME4.6 mi.
Causeway ClubSouthwest HarborME4.7 mi.
Kebo Valley ClubBar HarborME7.2 mi.
Bar Harbor Golf CourseEllsworthME9.7 mi.
Grindstone Neck Golf CourseWinter HarborME12.6 mi.
White Birches Country ClubEllsworthME16.7 mi.
Island Country ClubSunsetME20.4 mi.
Castine Golf ClubCastineME22.9 mi.
Bucksport Golf ClubBucksportME25.7 mi.
Lucerne Hills Golf ClubEast HoldenME27.6 mi.
Searsport Pines Golf CourseSearsportME29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME36.9 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME98.0 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME98.4 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME109.8 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME116.5 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME119.1 mi.
State Parks
Lamoine State ParkME7.5 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME24.2 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME29.9 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME34.2 mi. 
Owls Head State ParkME38.8 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME41.5 mi.(Art)

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