No. 12 Mount Desert Island, ME

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In the midst of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island has been a Vacationland favorite for generations. Coastal beauty, outdoorsy activities, and plenty of dining options suit every appetite—especially if you love lobster and fried clams.

Best Beach: Acadia is known for its hiking trails, and the best way to cool off is at 290-yard-long Sand Beach—just be forewarned that the water rarely gets above 55 degrees.

Where to Stay: The Kingsleigh Inn overlooking Southwest Harbor; its Penthouse Turret Suite is especially inviting with its king-size bed, fireplace, and panoramic turret deck.

World's Best Islands 2012

No. 12 Mount Desert Island, ME

In the midst of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island has been a Vacationland favorite for generations. Coastal beauty, outdoorsy activities, and plenty of dining options suit every appetite—especially if you love lobster and fried clams.

Best Beach: Acadia is known for its hiking trails, and the best way to cool off is at 290-yard-long Sand Beach—just be forewarned that the water rarely gets above 55 degrees.

Where to Stay: The Kingsleigh Inn overlooking Southwest Harbor; its Penthouse Turret Suite is especially inviting with its king-size bed, fireplace, and panoramic turret deck.

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World's Best Islands 2012

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