Bar Harbor, Maine

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.

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Points of Interest

  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lobster Bake
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Lighthouses

More about Bar Harbor, Maine Points of Interest

  • Acadia National Park

    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.

  • 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.

  • Thunder Hole

    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.

  • Lobster Bake

    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.

  • Cranberry Islands

    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.

  • Lighthouses

    Illuminating Maine's rugged, sometimes treacherous coast, many of these stately and unique lighthouses still stand guard over 3,478 miles of the shoreline.

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Acadia National Park & Cadillac Mountain

2.25 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 0 0
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

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.

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Acadia National Park & Cadillac Mountain (Partially Wheelchair Accessible)

2.25 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 0 1
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

Tour BHB-101 is the same as BHB-100 and uses the same transportation. Wheelchair confined guests must book tour BHB-101. Able bodied family members and friends must book BHB-100. You will travel together. Guests with collapsible wheelchairs who can manage 3 to 5 steps boarding the bus should book BHB-100. Collapsible wheelchairs and scooters can be stored.

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Acadia National Park Express: A Small Group Tour

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 1 0
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole

Step aboard an executive coach with only 14 guests, for maximum interaction with your experienced guide as you observe the wonders of Acadia National Park.

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Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake

3.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 1 5
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Lobster Bake

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Includes a lobster lunch with all the trimmings.

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Bar Harbor Highlights & Lobster Bake

5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 2 0
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lobster Bake

Enjoy a leisurely drive with multiple photo opportunities along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Includes a lobster lunch with all the trimmings.

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The Ultimate Island Experience & Lunch: A Small Group Tour

4 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 3 5
  • Thunder Hole
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

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.

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Acadia's Coastal Grandeur

2 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 5 5
  • Acadia National Park

The scenic wonder of Acadia National Park's Ocean Drive has earned its reputation as the most magnificent waterfront roadway in the United States. This stunning panoramic drive showcases Acadia's coastal splendor from every angle and includes detailed narration and three scenic photo opportunities: Thunder Hole, Schooner Head and Otter Cove.

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Victorian Villages Of Mount Desert Island

2 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 2 0 0
  • Victorian Bar Harbor

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.

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Local Connections: Best of Both Worlds

3 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 2 0 7
  • Thunder Hole
  • 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 or experienced naturalist.

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Acadia & Bass Harbor Lighthouse by Van

5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 3 0 5
  • Acadia National Park
  • Thunder Hole
  • Lighthouses

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.

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Forest & Beach Ecosystem Exploration

3 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 3 6 0
  • Acadia National Park

An outdoor adventure of Acadia National Park on full display, from the verdant forest to its rocky shores. Your naturalist guide offers an immersive experience and discussion of the region's natural history, flora and fauna on your two-hour nature walk through the woodlands to the beach.

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Acadia National Park by Bicycle

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 4 5 0
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park

Pedal through the natural wonders of Acadia National Park on a 24-speed mountain bike as your guide recounts Mount Desert's colorful history and lore.

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Puffins & Lighthouses

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 6 2 5
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lighthouses

Head out to sea to view Atlantic puffins -- an iconic seabird also known as the sea parrot because it sports a rather spectacular beak. You will cruise in comfort on a state-of-the-art catamaran equipped with a sound system and full galley.

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Sea Kayaking Frenchman Bay

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 8 8 0
  • Cadillac Mountain

Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill to discovering the natural beauty of Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor's historic waterfront from the seat of a sea kayak.

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