"Bar Harbor, up on the far northern coast" Bar Harbor by 850prc

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A pleasant and quite popular coastal town

The state of Maine has a long and beautiful seacoast on the Atlantic. Majestic forests, rocky precipices, sandy beaches, lighthouses and a collection of coastal towns and villages are incredibly attractive to tourists throughout the warmer months. Bar Harbor is the northernmost "city" that one finds on the Maine coast.

Bar Harbor is a pleasant enough place. Sure, there is zero doubt that tourism is the industry here. I'm sure things pretty much shut down come about mid-October. But tourist town or not, I think you'll enjoy a day or an afternoon wandering around its shops, streets and eateries.

Bar Harbor also serves as a gateway in two directions. If one is heading south, the destination is Acadia National Park, which some feel may be America's most beautiful and breathtaking national property. Having enjoyed the loop drive through Acadia, I can certainly understand such an argument, although America DOES have many gorgeous national parks.

Now, if you are heading north, Bar Harbor is the southern port for "the Cat", a highspeed catamaran ferry that traverses the ocean between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. If it fits your itinerary, taking the Cat could well get you deep into the maritimes without the five-hour drive through New Brunswick. However, from our experience - I will tell you that driving through New Brunswick is quite nice.

Well is is Bar HARBOR, right?

Like many cities and villages in Maine, Bar Harbor has a picturesque and active town harbor. Surrounded by several small islands, the facilities in Bar Harbor seem capable of handling vessels of at least moderate size and consequence.

and just to the south, it's stunning Acadia

A few miles south of Bar Harbor is the breathtaking Acadia National Park. It's clear bays, picturesque beachs, tall stands of fir and rocky mountains pack a vacation load of fantastic photos into a fairly small area, from a square miles standpoint.

I can't imagine being in the Bar Harbor area and not going out to Acadia. The 27 mile loop road gives you a good and up-close look at what some consider America's most beautiful national park.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good food, varied shops and a nice place to just spend the afternoon.
  • Cons:OK, it IS a tourist town. If you want a quieter village, try somewhere else.
  • In a nutshell:I can't imagine why you wouldn't zip over to Acadia, and then spend an afternoon in Bar Harbor. Be sure to have dinner there, too.
  • Last visit to Bar Harbor: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 18, 2009
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    Dec 12, 2009 at 5:20 AM

    Excellent Bar Harbor travel page with some really interesting tourist attractions especially Agamont Park and old town cemetery. As usual great restaurants travel tips! ~ho & pang


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