Mount Desert Island Ranked as One of the Best Islands in the Country
Mount Desert Island (MDI), located off the coast of our Pine Tree State, has been ranked as one of the top favorite islands in the continental United States by the readers of Travel + Leisure. As part of the annual "World's Best Awards" survey, T+L asked its readers to share their opinions on various travel experiences, including islands, and MDI emerged as a cherished destination for those seeking an island getaway.
The readers rated the islands based on several criteria, including natural attractions and beaches, activities and sights, restaurants and food, people and friendliness, as well as value. Each respondent had the opportunity to rate these characteristics as excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores were calculated by averaging these responses.
At the summit of the list is the Golden Isles in Georgia, comprising Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and St. Simons Island. Taking the second spot is Mackinac Island in Michigan, followed by Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Claiming the fourth place, we have MDI, while Hilton Head Island, also in South Carolina, rounds out the top five.
Mount Desert Island is most renowned as the home of Acadia National Park. This natural wonderland serves as the meeting point of land and sea, where majestic mountains and picturesque shores converge to create a truly spectacular setting. Visitors to MDI can immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the park, exploring its numerous trails, witnessing stunning vistas, and basking in the tranquility that only nature in Maine can offer.
In addition to its natural splendor, Mount Desert Island boasts a welcoming community that exudes warmth and friendliness. Whether you're indulging in the local cuisine at the island's charming restaurants or engaging in the various activities and sights available, you'll find that MDI offers an experience that goes beyond its breathtaking landscapes.
So, if you're looking for one of a favorite among Travel + Leisure Readers, look no further than our own Mount Desert Island.
We are Vacationland, anyway!