Situated on Mount Desert Island on Maine's scenic Atlantic Coast, Bar Harbor makes a great base for exploring nearby Acadia National Park.
Nearly half the island is devoted to the park, a vast wilderness area that is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts who take advantage of the park's great walking, scenic coastal vistas and pristine beaches.
The park consists of three distinct parts: Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut which is accessible only by boat. Granite-topped mountains and scenic bays dot the dramatic park landscape and offer secluded hill and coastal walking as well as excellent wildlife viewing with seals, beavers, puffins and bald eagles frequently sighted.
Over 120 miles of hiking trails delve into the remote corners of this spectacular wilderness area and offer access to Somes Sound, a narrow fjord that almost splits the island in two, and Cadillac Mountain, which offers spectacular ocean views.
The easiest way to explore the park is by driving the Park Loop Road, but shuttle buses also operate and bicycles can be hired. Bar Harbor, a bustling town during the summer months, makes an ideal base for a few days of relaxation by the sea and offers easy access to the park.
Suggested itinerary featuring Bar Harbor
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Bar Harbor, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Bar Harbor
- Camden 45 miles away
- Maine 53 miles away
- Kennebunkport 134 miles away
- North Conway 147 miles away
- Bretton Woods 161 miles away
- Lincoln/North Woodstock 175 miles away
- Sugar Hill 179 miles away
- New Hampshire 182 miles away
- Provincetown 190 miles away
- Cape Cod 195 miles away
- Boston 201 miles away
- Chatham 207 miles away
- Bennington 210 miles away
- Hyannis 217 miles away
- Woodstock 221 miles away
- Falmouth 231 miles away
- Nantucket 236 miles away
- Vermont 237 miles away
- Martha's Vineyard 243 miles away
- Burlington 248 miles away
- Sturbridge 251 miles away
- Newport, Rhode Island 255 miles away
- Manchester 258 miles away
- Lake George 283 miles away
- Lake Placid 286 miles away
- Lenox 292 miles away
- Saratoga Springs 294 miles away
- Stockbridge 296 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Bar Harbor
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bar Harbor. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Overlooking the Mount Desert Narrows, the Harborside Hotel affords an enviable location in town, just a 20-minute drive from the vast natural wonders of Acadia National Park.
The Bayview is a haven of peace and tranquility with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean and Frenchman's Bay, just minutes away from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
The original building on the site of the Bluenose Inn was constructed in 1884 as the summer residence of Mrs. William Morris Hunt, an artist's widow. The grounds feature an outdoor heated swimming pool, garden paths and panoramic views of Frenchman Bay.