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Bar HarborUnited States of America

Salty sea air, rugged granite cliffs and sandy beaches welcome visitors to this island refuge on the northeastern U.S. coast.

Mount Desert Island is home to the town of Bar Harbor as well as Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park. The area has long been a summer getaway for well-to-do Americans, including J. P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John Astor and William Howard Taft. Take a short self-guided walking tour to see mansions and hotels built for these celebrities.

Industry giant John D. Rockefeller donated lands for development of the national park in the early 1900s and built 50 miles (80 kilometers) of carriage paths with cut stone guard rails. Hike or bike these trails that were set up with reasonable grade to accommodate horse carriage travel.

Inside the park, Cadillac Mountain, at 1,528 feet (470 meters) tall, is the highest point along the North American coastline. It’s also one of the places in the U.S. where the sunrise is first visible. Join other early risers to drive or hike to the top of the mountain to see and photograph the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean. Park rangers frequently give sunset talks atop the mountain, highlighting local geography, flora and fauna and overhead constellations.

The rugged granite of Mount Desert Island is ideal for rock climbing; the cliffs can also be treacherous. Hire an accredited guide from a local mountain climbing organization to ensure safety. You’ll learn how to tie knots, belay and find footing and handholds. Or, go on a guided sea kayaking or canoeing trip in the ocean waters around the island.

Sign up for a whale-watching excursion; you’re likely to see whales breaching and clearing their blowholes and you may see porpoise, sharks, dolphins, tuna and puffins.

The town of Bar Harbor has numerous art galleries, souvenir shops and dining areas. See lobster farming at the Mount Desert Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery and local history at the Abbe Museum. Or, visit the free Sieur de Monts Spring and Nature Center to learn about the plants and animals in the park. In summer, enjoy classical and jazz music festivals.

Car parking in Bar Harbor is generally plentiful and free. Sites and activities have fees.

Top Hotels in Bar Harbor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park
3 out of 5
123 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $145 per night

Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Acadia National Park and ...

3.9/5Good! (963 reviews)

"This hotel is the perfect location for visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park! Just minutes away from everything and very comfortable rooms! Amazing view of the ocean over the pool and they even have a tiki bar."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park
Atlantic Eyrie Lodge
Atlantic Eyrie Lodge
2.5 out of 5
6 Norman Rd, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $161 per night

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kebo Valley Golf Club, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Whale Museum. Bar Harbor Whale Watching ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (440 reviews)

"We stayed at the hotel for 6 nights in July. The hotel is very conveniently located, just minutes from the National Park and from Bar Harbor. We were also able to bike into town a couple of times, but beware of the hills! The room was very clean, the staff is very helpful and accommodating. The views ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Atlantic Eyrie Lodge
Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
269 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $233 per night

Located in the heart of Bar Harbor, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Village Green and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Acadia National Park is 1.6 mi (2.5 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (653 reviews)

"A great location, very clean, very comfortable bedding, very nice staff."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

Popular places to visit in Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park
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Acadia National Park

5/5(1,207 reviews)

Maine’s rugged coastline and New England culture come together in this easternmost U.S. national park on a mountainous island.

Acadia National Park
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Acadia National Park

5/5(720 reviews)

Explore Acadia National Park, a popular green space in Mount Desert, and enjoy the hiking trails. Stroll along the area's waterfront, or simply savor its lively bars.

Village Green
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Village Green

4.5/5(300 reviews)

Spend some time in this peaceful park in the center of Bar Harbor to experience the village’s thriving community spirit and heritage landmarks.

Cadillac Mountain
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Cadillac Mountain

5/5(532 reviews)

Drive or hike to the top of Mount Desert Island’s tallest mountain at daybreak and you will be the first person to view sunrise in the United States.

Jordan Pond
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Jordan Pond

4.5/5(87 reviews)

See the looming shapes of the “Bubbles” mountains reflected in the exceptionally clear and deep water of Bar Harbor’s glacial pond.

Schoodic Peninsula
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Schoodic Peninsula

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Schoodic Peninsula during your travels in Winter Harbor. Stroll along the waterfront or discover the area's desert landscape.

Top things to do in Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour
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Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

$8
Per adult
Savor Bar Harbor Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets
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Savor Bar Harbor Culinary Walking Tour-VIP tickets

$99
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
A Walk Through Time in Bar Harbor - Celebrating 200+ Years!
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A Walk Through Time in Bar Harbor - Celebrating 200+ Years!

$30
Per adult
Appledore II Windjammer Classic Sunset Sail
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Appledore II Windjammer Classic Sunset Sail

$48
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Appledore II Windjammer Classic Day Sail
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Appledore II Windjammer Classic Day Sail

$43
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
5 days -4 night tour in Jordan - 5 Days
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5 days -4 night tour in Jordan - 5 Days

$1,719
Per adult

Reviews of Bar Harbor

4.7

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 2.481121898597627%
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4/5 - Good

Cuppy

May 26, 2020

Was awesome sadly Acadia National closed due to COVID. Whoever is in charge of bathrooms needs to open them fast. It’s not pretty what people are doing behind them. Love bar harbor

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Enjoyed drinks at Leary’s and the Barnacle, and dinners at McKays and Side Street Cafe. All were great experiences. Our visit was in March, so it’s very quiet. Parts of the park are closed but there was still plenty to see and do.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Most things were closed Don’t go in winter

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Everything was closed for the winter

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Bar Harbor is a great little town with excellent access to Acadia National Park. Go in the off season to miss the crowds as well as save travel $$.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 8, 2019

Very quaint town. Unfortunately we arrived after season and shops and most restaurants were closed.

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