Take to the air for an unforgettable flying tour of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Several tour companies offer flying tours ranging from short 15-minute hops to an hour or more, so there’s something for every budget.
Get an amazing bird’s eye view of the bustling village of Bar Harbor, the pink-hued granite slopes of Cadillac Mountain, and the clear blue waters of Eagle Lake. Cruise along the eastern edge of the island and the pounding ocean surf at Great Head, Sand Beach, and the precipitous Otter Cliffs. Circle back above the Cranberry Islands, Seal Harbor, and Northeast Harbor before winging up the center of Somes Sound, a natural fjord.
Fly east over the bay to the rugged Schoodic Peninsula for a skyline view of seven lighthouses, from Egg Rock to Petit Manan. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from 2,000 feet in the air, or customize your own tour to see even more of Maine’s unspoiled Downeast and Acadia coastline.
Fly aboard modern fixed-wing, closed-cockpit, single engine aircraft with experienced pilots. Each passenger gets a window seat, so you’ll have an unobstructed view for sightseeing and photographs. Flights are professionally narrated, so you’ll always be in touch with the pilot and others on board through an intercom system.
For a fun twist on your flying adventure, go for the thrill of powerless flight with a glider ride, or climb into a WWII era fighter plane to do imaginary battle. Or take the controls of the plane and experience flying first-hand with a professional instructor right there in the seat next to you. You might enjoy it so much you’ll want to take flying lessons!
Scenic flying tours leave from the Hancock County—Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton. Reservations are recommended but not required.