DART’s tourism values and goals are to develop, manage, and promote a sustainable tourism industry that will:

  • Celebrate & preserve our heritage, culture & environment
  • Create opportunities for positive engagement between residents and visitors
  • Contribute to economic growth and increased opportunities for all
  • Inspire community and business investment in services and infrastructure
  • Nurture Local and Regional collaborations, networks, and partnerships

DART helps partners in the region build opportunities based upon the region’s most unique assets, including:

  • An intact natural resource-based economy & culture
  • Authentic, personal experiences and interactions
  • Bold, remote coastline
  • Easternmost Point – First Light
  • Darkest night skies on Eastern Seaboard
  • Largest whirlpool in the western hemisphere
  • Highest tides in the USA.
  • Rugged, Rocky Coastline & Mountains on the Sea
  • 24 of 65 Maine lighthouses
  • Only National Park in Maine
  • Only International Parks in North America
  • 3 Nations, one Landscape
  • 1st Naval Battle of the Revolution, Indian, French and Anglo history.
  • Wild, Native Natural Products – Wild blueberries, fresh seafood, balsam products…
  • Puffins & Atlantic Flyway – 3 Birding Festivals & Birding Trail
  • Maine Ice Age Trail – unusually large concentration of visible geologic formations
  • Downeast Fisheries Trail
  • Maine Sculpture Trail/International Sculpture Trail
  • 5 Scenic Byways and the only Scenic Bikeway in Maine
  • Down East Sunrise Trail – longest continuous off-road section of East Coast Greenway and eastern start/end destination in Calais
  • Vast, interconnected network of clear, remote, fish-filled inland waterways
  • Longstanding, revered Maine Guides and Maine camps tradition

Download a copy of DART’s Organizational Bylaws here: DART By-Laws