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 (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.

Days Inn Bar Harbor
Days Inn Bar Harbor
2.5 out of 5
120 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $199 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Village ...
3.3/5 (471 reviews)
"The property looks out on the ocean, which was a nice surprise."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Days Inn Bar Harbor
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
The price is $284 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Village ...
3.9/5Good! (942 reviews)
"It was very nice, beautiful views from the hotel. It was very expensive for a room with no ocean view."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
The Bluenose Inn
The Bluenose Inn
3.5 out of 5
90 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $200 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Bar Harbor, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (749 reviews)
"The property was nice and the building was decent. The views in the morning were spectacular. Our room still used a normal manual key (no key card). Driving proximity to downtown Bar Harbor was very convenient. Staff was extraordinarily polite and helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

The Bluenose Inn
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
The price is $162 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated near the airport, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Acadia National ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)
"Loved the outdoor area"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Hanscom's Motel and Cottages
Elevated water view, the Cape Lookout at Shore haven,  3 bdrm, 2 bath, sleeps 8
Elevated water view, the Cape Lookout at Shore haven, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, sleeps 8
Bar Harbor, ME
Located in the heart of Bar Harbor, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Garland Farm and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Acadia National ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Host and property
"Peter and Sean manage a great property. Kitchen has everything you need. BedS were new and very comfortable. Beautiful view of lake for morning coffee and meditation. Smartly decorated, clean and includes washer and dryer. 10 minutes to everything and a semi private beach 1/2 mile away. Loved ..."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Elevated water view, the Cape Lookout at Shore haven, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, sleeps 8
Modern, brand new secluded house
Modern, brand new secluded house
Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $985 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
This family-friendly Bar Harbor vacation home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Hulls Cove Visitor Center. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Best play to stay!
"This this the best home we ever rented before. We and the kids really loved it while we staying there for 3 nights."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

Modern, brand new secluded house
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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