Of course, you can always pack up the car and make it a road trip! Acadia National Park is approximately 5 hours from Boston, 6.5 hours from Quebec City, Canada and 8 hours from New York City.
Driving up the scenic route of the Maine coast on your way to Mount Desert Island is an amazing way to start off your vacation – stopping at any number of charming towns and destinations. Shop at the outlets of Kittery and Freeport, being sure to hit the world-famous L.L. Bean Flagship Store – open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days per year. Delight in the beautiful coastal communities of Wiscasset, Camden, Rockland, and Belfast. Drive over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Bucksport and ride to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the world!
Mount Desert Island: From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth, and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island.
Schoodic Peninsula:Take I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, head north on U.S. Route 1 for approximately 17.3 miles to Hwy 186. Turn right on Hwy 186 and drive 6.5 miles. Turn left at yield sign, continue .5 miles and turn right on Schoodic Loop Road.
Direct flights from Boston’s Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, 10 miles from Mount Desert Island. National airlines serve the Bangor International Airport, about one hour from the island. Car rentals are available at both airports.