Places to Go

From Bucksport to Calais to Grand Lake, an unbelievable 2,330 miles of coastline and 5,600 square miles of wide-open space and fresh air await visitors to DownEast Acadia. The Blue Hill Peninsula is home to historic Castine and industrious Stonington. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are at the heart of Mount Desert Island. Freshwater anglers will love downtime in The Grand Lakes. Take time to drive The Bold Coast. Explore Ellsworth, a crossroads for commerce. Or greet the morning sun as it rises first over Lubec and Eastport. You’ll find every city, town, or village in DownEast Acadia is worth discovering.

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

View of Stonington Harbor from the water

The small-town character of the Blue Hill Peninsula’s sheltered working harbors, lighthouses, and islands make it one of Maine’s premier locations to enjoy time on the water. 

Ellsworth Town Hall's intricate carvings

Set at the crossroads of natural splendor, culture, and commerce the towns and villages around Ellsworth offer visitors a wide variety of attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

Mount Desert Island and Somes Sound

The natural splendor which attracted its early settlers and summer rusticators, awaits visitors to this day. Enjoy bustling Bar Harbor or the villages that make up “the quiet side”.

Top of Cadillac Mountain

Located on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park is a standout in DownEast Acadia and home to some of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline.

Schoodic ANP

Schoodic to Jonesport is filled with blueberry barrens, hiking trails, clear inland lakes, plus Schoodic’s remote unspoiled section of Acadia National Park. 

Reenactors in Machias

Discover fishing harbors, meandering rivers, historic pre-Revolutionary sites, and classic New England towns set amidst blueberry fields, rivers, and coastal beauty.

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Cutler Coast Public Reserved Lands

Running from working waterfronts of Winter Harbor and Milbridge to the small town of Calais, The Bold Coast area can be explored by driving along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway.

Each morning the sun climbs from the sea, shining its first rays upon Way DownEast, and the crimson-striped West Quoddy Head Light, America’s easternmost point

View across the Grand Lakes and Grand Lake Stream

Discover an inland paradise filled with outdoor recreation opportunities, attracting sporting enthusiasts for centuries. The small town of Grand Lake Stream is legendary for its fly fishing.

Cutler Public Lands Marsh

Countless acres of Maine’s Public Reserved Lands are some of DownEast Acadia’s most outstanding natural locations; outstanding for hiking, camping, birding, fishing, and hunting opportunities.

Cobscook Bay State Park

While many come to visit Acadia National Park, the region is also home to several Maine State Parks and Historic Sites that are equally as beautiful and generally much less crowded. 

Roque Bluffs State Park entry

Whether on the coast or inland, visitors should be sure to enjoy a day of swimming, paddling, floating, or just having some True Maine summertime fun on our beaches.  

Planning Tools

To help you plan your trip we provide  information on drive time and distances to and around the region. Plus info on other commercial transportation options.

Once you arrive in DownEast Acadia, you will want to access local sources of visitor information, state laws, recreation rules, and road conditions.

To help you pack or plan your day, check out the current weather in the region or learn about year-round averages of temperature and precipitation.

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