Standing atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, it is easy to see why individuals like John D. Rockefeller felt so strongly about preserving this area's natural beauty.
Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Mount Desert Island had been a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style "cottages" that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. It was the efforts of these wealthy vacationers, including John D. Rockefeller, which led President Woodrow Wilson to establish Acadia as the first national park east of the Mississippi. Many of Bar Harbor's great houses are a memory. A catastrophic fire in 1947 ravaged the town and the surrounding forest. But Acadia National Park survived, and today it is one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia's 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders: In addition to the stunning landscape, some 50 species of mammals including moose, black bear and white tail deer roam the park.
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Composed of 47,000 acres, much of the area was once the home of the wealthy such as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and the Morgans. Today it's the travel destination of hikers, rock climbers, campers and adventurers.
27-Mile Park Loop Road
This spectacular scenic drive begins at Hulls Cove, loops around Mount Desert Island and winds its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest point along the eastern coast of the United States. From October to March, it's the first spot in the U.S. to see the sun rise.
This small inlet carved out of the rocks is famous for a thunderous clap when seawater crashes in and air and water is forced out. If you time it just right, you'll see water explode as high as 40 feet!
Victorian Bar Harbor
Tucked on the east side of the island, this charming village was once the home 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 of Maine, lobster is the star and undisputed king of lobster dinners and known as a "downeast" meal including 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.
Used to safely guide ships along Maine's rugged, sometimes treacherous shoreline, many of these beautiful and unique lighthouses still stand guard over 3,478 miles of Maine's coast.
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Victorian Bar Harbor Guided Walking Tour
2 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-380
Victorian Bar Harbor
Stroll among the manicured streets of Bar Harbor and learn how this tiny hamlet was once the playground of the rich and famous during the Gilded Age. A costumed guide leads the way past opulent Victorian homes and into St. Saviour's Church for a look at its renowned Tiffany windows.
Gaze upon two dozen spectacular mansions, or "cottages," of yesteryear and hear fascinating tales of the powerful families that built them. Discover the charming villages of Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, with a little free time for browsing in Northeast Harbor's charming downtown area. Then, 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 plenty of fascinating facts about the park and the lighthouses.
Learn what it takes to be a Maine lobsterman or woman with a cruise aboard a traditional Downeast lobster boat while soaking up the breathtaking beauty of Egg Rock Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, and the Porcupine Islands. Keep your eyes open for eagles, porpoises, seals, and other interesting marine mammals and birds
Traverse every inch, twist, bend and eye-popping sight of the famous 27-mile Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. This scenic byway hugs the coast with sparkling ocean views, craggy mountains, coastal woods and iconic sights like Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs Schooner Head, Jordan Pond and the Bubbles Mountains right outside your window.
Cruise the picturesque Frenchman Bay and take in awe-inspiring Acadia National Park. Marvel at the panoramic vistas of this sprawling wilderness, and photograph such landmarks as Egg Rock Lighthouse, towering Otter Cliff, the magnificent summer cottages along the shoreline and Schoodic Peninsula, a dramatic stretch of granite coastline.
Glide through the picturesque waters of Frenchman Bay and take in stunning views of its coastline, the Porcupine Islands and Bar Harbor's historic waterfront from the seat of a sea kayak. Your knowledgeable guide will provide instruction and commentary about the Gulf of Maine and Frenchman Bay as you paddle.
Take a tour of Acadia National Park's colorful scenery from the comfort of your transportation. Perfect for those who prefer a minimum amount of walking; this excursion offers a scenic photo stop at Thunder Hole or Schooner Head Overlook (if parking is available), followed by dessert and refreshments at The Looking Glass Restaurant.
Relax for a leisurely drive along the stunning coastline of Acadia National Park, past famous sights such as the Jordan Pond House, hand-cut stone bridges and Cadillac Mountain for sweeping views of the spectacular shoreline and outlying islands.
Local Connections: Best of Both Worlds with Captain John
3 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-207
Acadia National Park
Encompassing the best Bar Harbor has to offer, this tour begins by taking in the beautiful scenery of Acadia National Park and Park Loop Road. Conclude with a glimpse into the world of the lobster fisherman.
Pedal through the natural wonders of Acadia National Park on a 24-speed mountain bike as your guide recounts Mount Desert's colorful history, lore, and legends. You'll bike along the famous carriage trails built by Rockefeller with plenty of time to observe the park's wildlife and take photos.
Bon Appetit Recommended: Lobster Demonstration and Lobster Bake
2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-650
Maine's lobsters set the standard by which all the world's lobsters are judged. Learn about the lobster's place in Maine's history and other fascinating facts aboard a Downeast Maine Lobster fishing boat. Cruise the waters of Frenchman Bay, watch a lobster fishing demonstration, then dock at the wharf for a scrumptious lobster feast.
Discover the breathtaking gems of Acadia National Park with a tour of its most dazzling sights. Visit Mother Nature's wonder known as Thunder Hole. Savor fresh popovers and coffee while enjoying the mountains and lake from Jordan Pond House. And behold the spectacular views atop magnificent Cadillac Mountain.
Enjoy a leisurely tour through Acadia National Park with photo stops at many of the Park's most fascinating landmarks. Highlights include Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North American coast, the dramatic Thunder Hole, the picturesque Jordan Pond House and Sieur de Monts Springs Nature Center. A delicious lobster bake awaits you for lunch.
Enjoy a leisurely and comprehensive tour around the breadth of Mt. Desert Island. Witness the solemn majesty of Acadian National Park. Visit Thunder Hole, known for its rumbling roar and the iconic 160-year-old Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Then, stroll the quaint streets of the island's most historic hamlets.
The Ultimate Island Experience & Lunch: A Small Group Tour
4 hours | Bar Harbor | BHB-135
Acadia National Park
27-Mile Park Loop Road
Step into a luxury limo coach for a relaxing tour of Acadia National Park, the second most visited national park in the United States. Also enjoy a three course luncheon at one of Bar Harbor's fine restaurants.