Bar Harbor, Maine, is one of the highlights of a New England cruise. Known for being a playground for the rich and famous, this quiet, scenic port offers a mix of natural beauty and downtown activity.
When you head to Bar Harbor on your next New England cruise, spend time exploring Acadia National Park, take a walking tour, and embrace the spirit of New England.
Acadia National Park
It's easy to see why this 35,000-acre national park, home to wildlife like white-tailed deer, black bears, and moose, is one of the most visited in the United States. From its majestic cliffs to its crashing waves and mountain views, the landscape offers no shortage of breathtaking landscapes.
One of the best ways to see Acadia National Park is to start at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. From there, you'll continue along Route 3 as it winds past Jackson Lab, Wildwood Stables, Sand Beach, and Seawall Campgrounds. As you do, take time to stop at observation points to immerse yourself in natural beauty.
Standing at 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the East Coast. From there, you can see incredible views of the glaciated coast. Ride a bus or car toward the summit, and take a little time to wander off the beaten trail for privacy and gorgeous photos.
As one of the first places to see the sun rise in the United States, Cadillac Mountain offers some of the most sublime morning views you'll ever experience. Make time to scale the mountain early, bundle up, and sit back to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime, prismatic view of the world.
Other Attractions and Activities
No matter where you head in Bar Harbor, you'll be greeted by picturesque New England beauty. Stroll through its streets on a walking tour, past Victorian-era homes and the Tiffany stained-glass windows of historic St. Saviour's Church.
Take a bike ride down to the Bass Harbor Head Light, where you can enjoy a sweeping view of the harbor. Or catch a ride along the waves to do some whale watching. When you're done, try some of that Maine lobster you've heard everyone raving about.
When you visit Bar Harbor on a cruise to New England, let the crisp New England weather reinvigorate you, and you'll be sure to come back new.