12 days in Mount Desert Island Itinerary

12 days in Mount Desert Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Antonio
Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
Mount Desert
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
Acadia National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
Bar Harbor
— 7 nights
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  10 h 45 min
End: San Antonio

Mount Desert

Mount Desert ©
Mount Desert is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You've now added Penobscot Mountain to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Penobscot Mountain. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Somes Sound, hike along Wonderland Trail, and then enjoy the sea views from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mount Desert vacation planner.

San Antonio to Mount Desert is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in August: highs in Mount Desert hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Mount Desert

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wonderland Trail, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
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Wonderland Trail ©
Wonderland Trail
Somes Sound ©
Somes Sound
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse ©
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park ©
The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
On the 5th (Sun), hike along Great Head Trail and then hike along Heart of Acadia Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): trek along Beech Cliff Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Echo Lake Beach, and then stop by Quiet Side Cafe & Ice Cream Shop.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Acadia National Park trip planner.

Acadia National Park is just a short distance from Mount Desert. In August, daily temperatures in Acadia National Park can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Southwest Harbor
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Great Head Trail ©
Great Head Trail
Heart of Acadia Loop ©
Heart of Acadia Loop
Echo Lake Beach ©
Echo Lake Beach

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes At Your Service Tours and Car Service, Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, Sea Venture Boat Tours, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Agamont Park and Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars. Popular historic sites such as St. Saviour's Church : and Egg Rock Light are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, learn about winemaking at Bar Harbor Cellars Winery, and stop by The Christmas Vacation Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bar Harbor, use our trip itinerary maker.

Bar Harbor is just a short distance from Acadia National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Acadia National Park
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Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Egg Rock Light ©
Egg Rock Light
Shore Path ©
Shore Path