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Driving up the Mid Coast of Maine, halfway between Camden and Mount Desert Island, you will come to the Belfast Bay Bridge arching over the wide Passagassawakeag River. You will slow down and turn around to get a longer look at a breathtaking view. To the west, the banks of the river are lush, green and healthy. To the east is peaceful Belfast Bay Harbor and the wide channel that leads out to the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Belfast Harbor Walk along the shoreline is a colorful, peaceful stroll along the calm riverside with seagulls and boats and through a working marina where big boats are hauled and winterized. It begins at a little rocky beach by a handsome boathouse. You may walk or bike north along a little seawall to Heritage Park, where the piers and docks begin and all the boats and yachts tie up. A little further ahead is Main Street, lined with historic brick and stone and delightful little shops and eateries. In the Summer, Belfast is always preparing for the next celebration or holding a craft fair in the streets.
Then you can continue to Footbridge Road, which is actually an impressive masonry bridge built strictly for pedestrians that spans all the way across the river. It is a unique and exciting feeling to walk out to the middle of the harbor on foot. Once you have crossed the footbridge, you can curve around back over the Belfast Bay Bridge for a spectacular view of the entire Belfast Harbor and Bay and the rolling hills upriver. Belfast has a large community of fine artists and many fine art galleries all over the city and lining Route One all the way to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park is on Mount Desert Island, named by Champlain in 1604. Then it became the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, renamed Acadia National Park in 1929. It is home to the tallest coastal mountain range in the eastern USA. Everyone can drive or hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain where you may enjoy a 300 degree view of nearly 50 miles of coastline. It is breathtaking. Many of the finest painters in the world have come for inspiration. There are hiking and biking trails that offer stunning vistas and lush forests with healthy indigenous vegetation and wildlife.
You can enjoy all this while dining and sleeping in luxury at the Belfast Bay Inn Boutique Hotel on Main Street in Belfast, Maine.