Southwest Harbor is the perfect home base for exploring Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Away from the crowds and cruise ships in Bar Harbor, the scenery on this side of the island is no less spectacular, while still an easy distance to the coastal drives and hikes of Acadia. But don't think you have to go far for scenic coastal drives and great hiking! The trails around Long Pond, up Acadia Mountain and Beech Mountain will satisfy all levels of hikers, and the harbor towns, lighthouses and cove views nearby are a photographer's dream. Of course, every traveler to MDI has to visit Bar Harbor, don't think you have to stay there to get the best of Acadia and Mount Desert Island!