New England's Gem: Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park
Get to know Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park as you learn about the East Coast’s only fjord, explore a compound area of the Rockefellers and enjoy a lobster feast.
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4.67 Average

Highly recommended. You will gain an appreciation and more history of the area than visiting on your own.


As a rookie Road Scholar this experience was outstanding.


We had a wonderful time on MDI, in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. The Road Scholar staff couldn’t have been better. Our group consisted of 22 people. I believe we all enjoyed each other’s company. We would definitely plan another Road Scholar trip.


The Mt. Desert Island and Acadia Park tour are very well organized and informative. The ratio of instruction to outdoor activity is almost perfect. And the speakers are knowledgeable and interesting. This is a fun trip that is not too strenuous but does have some nice hikes.


Great program for people with curious minds.


It has been a long time since I traveled alone for pleasure. The success of this trip convinced me that such an experience is something that I can look forward to doing again!


Great trip! This part of Maine is just beautiful.


Overall, I enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to other travelers with a few observations. The first day orientation was not well organized. The room was cramped and there were no refreshments or drinks . The motel accommodations were adequate, but below the standards of previous RS trips. Conversely, the breakfast was better than expected. The picnic lunches were quite good and the locations very pleasant. The included dinners were all good. Great presentation on lobstering. I was disappointed we were unable to see The Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Since access to the lighthouse is restricted, it should be taken off the itinerary. The boat ride aboard The Sea Princess was wonderful, but be forwarned; dress warm with good head and ear protection. There seemed to be a 30 degree temperature difference between the land and when on the water. The Granite Industry Museum tour should be shortened by half. The granite splitting demo was interesting, but the presentation dragged on and on. The weather in late May was better than anticipated. We had only one destination rained out. Our consolation stop at an antique car museum was way too long. It would have been better to simply take us back to the motel. My observations are based on the four previous Road Scholar trips.


This was my first first trip with Road Scholar- was deeply disappointed. Family members recommended RS after taking at least 12 trips. I was told that the RS food was always “very good” and the experiences enjoyable. Wish I could say that about my trip. With the exception of our first night’s dinner, the restaurants where we ate were strictly average, not memorable at all. For the actual programs, our group had to sit through a number of long and dull lectures. During the granite-cutting lecture, I saw at least 4 people fall asleep during the granite-cutting lecture and 2 of us walked out completely, due to BOREDOM. Allowing a man to lecture for more than 2 hours about granite-cutting is entirely too much! And the lecturer was so oblivious that he didn’t notice that ¼ of his audience was absent, either physically or mentally. On the other hand, far from being given a too much time inside ANP, we were allotted only 15-25 minutes to walk around places like Thunder Hole and the top of Cadillac Mountain. That’s a poorly-balanced program, in my opinion. On the other hand, I did enjoy the company of my fellow travelers, spending time inside Acadia National Park, Glenn Tucker’s lectures, and the boat ride to Little Cranberry Island. Overall, though, I’d need to think long and hard before planning another trip with Road Scholar.


Lovely fall colors, excellent accommodations and energetic/ experienced staff. Even rain did not detract from our group's enjoyment of Bar Harbor. It charmed me!


This trip was well organized and executed. The scenery was spectacular and we gained lots of knowledge about the area's history, flora and fauna, and we even lucked into some great weather. The autumn colors were beautiful and certainly added to our enjoyment.


Wow. What an interesting and fun week exploring Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. Great walks in the woods and interesting lectures. Be sure to check into the weather and pack accordingly so that you can enjoy the great outdoors in this beautiful part of the world. We are looking forward to more trips with Road Scholars.

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We didn't know what to expect of Acadia National Park. It's maritime history and meandering property set it apart from other parks. The program included lectures on the geology and history of Acadia, the birds to be seen, and several field trips to various spots of the island. Accommodations were adequate and located close enough to allow walking to the center of Bar Harbor if one desired. There wasn't much time allowed for doing this on one's own, however. The leadership team was well prepared, speakers were interesting, and the program was much enjoyed. MBH & KDH, Alabama


The Bar Harbor tour was very educational. We saw a large part of the varied island landscape. The boat excursion to Little Cranberry Island was my favorite excursion.


Enjoyed this program so much. We stayed busy and on the go every day. Saw a lot of beautiful areas of Maine and learned a lot. So glad we took this trip.


We really enjoyed this trip, which was our 2nd Road Scholar experience. I'm happy to say there will be more! We learned much about Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, as well as the local Native American culture, lobsters, granite stone-cutting, and many historical aspects of the island and park. Guiding us every step of the way was Linda Shingleton, who was definitely fulfilling her calling in her role as our tour coordinator. In summary, this short 4 day program could not have been any better - the weather was perfect, the fall colors were at their peak, the food and accommodations were great, and the people were wonderful! A perfect way to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary!

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