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Cruising Article – 2011-04-28

Hike through Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine

Canada and New England Cruise Destinations

Bar Harbor is a sleepy town on Maine's southeastern coast, and one of the most enjoyable destinations that you'll have a chance to visit on your Canada and New England cruise.

This unassuming town was thrust into the national spotlight when President Barack Obama chose to vacation there with his family. The first family reportedly went hiking and sampled some of the town's very best ice cream as they enjoyed some quality time together.

Breathing in the great outdoors is the main attraction here, as Bar Harbor is very close to Acadia National Park. Spread out over 47,000 acres, this is one of the premier destinations in the U.S. for hikers, rock climbers, campers and more. Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to explore this picturesque location as you travel the forest.

More adventurous travelers can ascend Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point on the U.S.'s Eastern Seaboard. From October to March, this is the very first place that the sun's rays hit in the entire country. Even if you're not up early enough to catch the sunrise, Cadillac still offers gorgeous views of the entire area.

Back in town, there's plenty to do along the coast. Head out on a whale-watching tour to see if you can spot one of these majestic animals frolicking in the waters. Bar Harbor even offers a seal and lobster tour - something you won't find in many other places. Get to know these creatures up close, but don't feel bad when you head back to land and participate in a lobster bake.

Finally, one of the last natural phenomenon that you should try to catch in Bar Harbor is at Thunder Hole. Visit this area just before high tide to watch the waves crash into this natural inlet. When the water hits forcefully enough, it'll actually be pushed out a waterspout up to 40 feet in the air.