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"Bar Harbor, Maine: Gateway to Acadia National Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Bar Harbor by Stephen-KarenConn

Bar Harbor Travel Guide: 244 reviews and 632 photos

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.

  • Last visit to Bar Harbor: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Rhondaj's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    Nice page! Looks like you had gorgeous weather!

  • windoweb's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    We plan to see the beautiful sights in person Oct 2008. Thanks for the info.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Bar Harbor looks so quaint & beautiful. I really think it's time for our family to finally visit Maine. Nice page!

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    A visit to the National Park and a Cat Ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia sound like a must The Bar Harbor Inn looks amazing.Your wonderful commentary & pics really captures this charming place.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2007 at 7:39 AM

    Looks a nice, old fashioned place. The walk to Bar Island is very similar to Davaar Island in Kintyre, Scotland.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    I'm one of those people that buys Christmas ornaments when I travel :-) Interesting page, trying to figure out where to go in Maine with very limited time.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 11:31 AM

    Great page! I barely spent enough time at Acadia/Bar Harbor on my last visit; which means I'll have to visit again! : )

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2006 at 8:06 AM

    I see that now that the fridge is full you've taken to hanging your travels on the Tree ;-) Great new page. Carol and I hope to make a trip to Maine and the Canadian maritines...looks fantastic. Only been to ME on a lobster and leave. Thx...Tom

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2006 at 7:25 AM

    An very entertaining page on Bar Harbor!! Even though I've been a couple of times, this makes me want to have another go!! Your photos really captured the ambiance and beauty of this old Victorian-era town.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2006 at 4:05 AM

    Great Bar Harbor page Stephen especially Frenchman Bay. The Island Explorer looks like a fun way to explore Mt. Desert Island. The state of Maine in general is on my wish list. BTW thanks for visiting my Valkenburg page.

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