Bar Harbor, ME

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Bar Harbor showing a bay or harbor and boating
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 (470meters) 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.

Where to stay in Bar Harbor

Anchorage Motel
Anchorage Motel
2.5 out of 5
51 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
The price is $169 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (680 reviews)
"Appreciated the easy access to town."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
123 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
The price is $208 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Beautiful resort situated on the coastline. Looks like a fun place for a summer getaway. Loved the ability to use their bus stop and get to downtown Bar Harbor quickly. Courteous staff."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Days Inn Bar Harbor
Days Inn Bar Harbor
2.5 out of 5
120 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
The price is $169 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this hotel in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.4/5 Good! (655 reviews)
Loveed our stay
"The hotels location is super close to downtown Bar Harbor .You could walk ,ride a trolley, ride a bike or drive your car . The property was clean ,all staff was helpful and pleasant . Great breakfast choices"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hanscom's Motel and Cottages
Hanscom's Motel and Cottages
3 out of 5
273 ME-3, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
Stay at this 3-star cottage in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (117 reviews)
"Clean, cute and very close to Acadia national park"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Two bedroom on first floor at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in dowtown
Two bedroom on first floor at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in dowtown
Bar Harbor, ME
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Bar Harbor. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Would do it again!
"Great location and clean! Thanks!"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Summer Salt Cottage - Beautiful Bar Harbor! IN TOWN walk to Acadia National Park
Summer Salt Cottage - Beautiful Bar Harbor! IN TOWN walk to Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Bar Harbor. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the pool and the family amenities in our ...
5/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
Perfect Bar Harbor Vacation Getaway!
"Laura was excellent in communicating with us on all aspects of her home and Bar Harbor navigation and recommendations. The Summer Salt Cottage was immaculate, nicely appointed, in a quiet section and within walking distance to town, the Shorepath and the children’s park. The beds were comfy and the ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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