Since the Native American's seasonal journey to the island, long before the Europeans arrived, Mount Desert Island has captivated many travelers. The development of towns and the national park have worked together in conserving and preserving Mount Desert Island.
Located on Mount Desert Island and outer islands are eighteen villages. Acadia National Park maintains 47,390 acres of land in the area. The remaining acreage is held by private land owners who reside within villages that make up towns in the region. From the head of the island travel time and mileage is roughly 30 to 40 minutes to any village on the Eastern and Western seaward sides.
- Bar Harbor
- Bass Harbor
- Hulls Cove
- Northeast Harbor
- Pretty Marsh
- Seal Cove
- Southwest Harbor
Mount Desert Island villages offer many types of lodging ranging from the Bed and Breakfast's, Inns, Cottages, to Motels and Hotels.
From formal to casual dining many restaurants are located throughout the region with varying cuisines. With shops catering to every need not much in the way of goods is out of reach across the entire island.
The free Island Explorer Bus has regularly scheduled routes throughout the island depending upon season. Several ferries are available from communities throughout the island providing transport to the outer islands.
If traveling from the south, follow I-95 to Bangor. Follow I-395 to 1A until Ellsworth, where state routes 1 and 3 will eventually lead to Bar Harbor.
Visitors who are taking scenic Coastal Maine's Route 1 will travel through many communities offering small novelty shops, factory outlets, and dining. Eventually arriving on Main Street in Ellsworth, which is lined with many more shops, and restaurants offering visitors the chance to find special gifts, and souvenirs. From there visitors can take High Street, which ME-3 and US- 1A merge together, to the head Mount Desert Island, from this point the road divides with ME-102, and ME-198 going to Town Hill, at Somesville continuing straight through the traffic light, leads to Hall Quarry, Pretty Marsh, Southwest Harbor, Manset, Seawall, Bernard, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Seal Cove, and then loops back into Pretty Marsh, then into Somesville.
Taking a left at the traffic light in Somesville onto ME-3, ME-198 takes one to Northeast Harbor, Seal Harbor, Otter Creek, and on to Bar Harbor. At the head of the island if one bears left onto ME-3 it takes them into Eden, Salisbury Cove, Hulls Cove, and on into Bar Harbor, then Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, and Northeast Harbor, and to the traffic light in Somesville. A left from this point onto ME-102 leads as aforementioned to Southwest Harbor, and a right on ME-102, ME-198 back to the head of the island.