"Bar Harbor, Maine: Gateway to Acadia National Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Bar Harbor by Stephen-KarenConn
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Bar Harbor, named for Bar Island and a natural gravel bar which leads to it during low tide, is in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable for a town. Behind it rises Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on America's eastern coast, and in front are the crystal blue waters of Frenchman Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The community is on Mt. Desert Island, and is surrounded by Acadia National Park. It is a vibrant and historic place, home to artists, writers, lobster fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts. It would be difficult to find a more ideal locale for a summer vacation.
Bar Harbor is nothing at all like Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Estes Park, Colorado, or West Yellowstone, Montana. Yet it reminds me of all of these towns in that they are all gateway communiies to some of America's most cherished national parks. As such, they are usually crowded with tourists. Late spring to early fall is the primary tourist season at Bar Harbor. But the town doesn't go away in winter. Some say that the less crowded "off season" is one of the most magical times of all in this charming oceanfront village.
The Village Green, which lies between downtown Bar Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, is a busy yet Idyllic spot. It is the... more travel advice
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