Nestled in Maine's Frenchman Bay on Mount Desert Island lies the quaint town of Bar Harbor. The wealthy have flocked to the area since the early 1900s, making it a fashionable summer resort filled with Newport-style "cottages," though many were razed in a catastrophic fire in 1947. As you approach the shore, gaze upon the many unique lighthouses still standing guard over 3,478 miles of Maine's coast. Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park, established 1919 and one of the most visited national parks in America. A haven for nature lovers, its 35,000 acres are home to sea-scoured shores, forested mountains and rocky cliffs overlooking sparkling lakes. You can cycle, drive, hike or trot by horse-drawn carriage through the park's postcard-perfect scenery and along 27-mile Park Loop Road that ribbons around the island and wends its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. And you can't leave Maine's shores without feasting on a traditional "downeast" meal, a lobster bake with all the trimmings.
A cluster of islands encompassing over 47,000 acres of rugged shoreline, evergreen forests, and mountain summits. Acadia, once the summer home of America's mercantile aristocracy, today is an outdoor paradise for nature lovers.
27-Mile Park Loop Road
Meandering through Acadia, this magnificent scenic drive begins at Hulls Cove, loops around Mount Desert Island and wends its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
Composed of pink granite and towering 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest point along the eastern coast of the United States and offers awe-inspiring views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Cranberry Islands.
This small inlet carved out of rocks is famous for its thunderous clap when seawater crashes in the air and water is forced out as high as 40 feet. Taking a photo? Prepare to get wet!
Victorian Bar Harbor
Tucked on the east side of the island, this quaint village was once the playground of the rich and famous; many of the opulent mansions from the Gilded Age can be seen along Main Street.
Plucked fresh from the coastal waters off Maine, lobster is the star and undisputed king of dinner. The locally dubbed "downeast" meal also includes corn on the cob, potatoes, and all the trimmings.
Named for the tart red berries that grow in nearby bogs, the islands are comprised of five islands, each with its own general store, post office, church, historical society, and school.
Illuminating Maine's rugged, sometimes treacherous coast, many of these stately and unique lighthouses still stand guard over 3,478 miles of the shoreline.
Discover the exclusive Victorian neighborhoods of Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor with a little time to explore the charming shops there. Drive along Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America.
Discover some of Maine's most beautiful lighthouses on a jet-powered catamaran cruise through the craggy peninsulas, inlets and islands surrounding Acadia National Park. An on-board historian will provide commentary.
Designed for travelers who prefer a minimum amount of walking. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Photo stop at Thunder Hole or Schooner Head. Refreshments at The Looking Glass Restaurant
Designed for travelers who prefer a minimum amount of walking. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Take in the views from majestic Cadillac Mountain.
Local Connections: Best of Both Worlds with Captain John
3 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-207B H B - 2 0 7
Acadia National Park
Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Photo stop at Thunder Hole. Delve into Take in a lobster fishing demonstration with a local fisherman.
Learn what it takes to fish lobster in Maine with a cruise aboard Bar Harbor's largest lobster passenger boat. Cruise the waters of Frenchman Bay, watch a lobster fishing demonstration. Includes a scrumptious lobster feast.
Marvel at the beauty of Mount Desert Island. Enjoy a drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and a portion of the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Multiple photo stops. Discover the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Stroll the island's historic hamlets.
Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Take in the views from majestic Cadillac Mountain. Photo stop at Thunder Hole. Savor popovers Jordan Pond House.
The Ultimate Island Experience & Lunch: A Small Group Tour
4 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-135B H B - 1 3 5
Acadia National Park
27-Mile Park Loop Road
Step into a luxury limo coach for a tour of Acadia National Park with photo stops at Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole on this small group experience. Savor a three course luncheon at one of Bar Harbor's fine restaurants.