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Bar Harbor – By ShoreTrips

Bar Harbor is adjacent to Acadia National Park, home to 1,532-foot Mount Cadillac. Its summit is the first spot in the United States where the sunrise can be seen. Acadia’s stunning mountains, lakes, and sea cliffs can be viewed from a number of vantage points—an auto loop, carriage roads closed to car traffic, and 125 miles of trails exclusively for hiking. The Bar Harbor area possesses a great selection of family activities, including a family nature camp, an oceanarium, a zoo, and a lumberjack show. The recently expanded Abbe Museum showcases the Wabenaki Indians, some of Maine’s earliest residents. Visitors can also indulge in rock climbing, sailing, paddling, brewery tours, boat excursions, and golf. For shoppers, Bar Harbor features a number of top-notch boutiques, many of which showcase the works of Maine artists and sculptors.

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine. Located in Downeast, Bar Harbor was once considered a small fishing and ship-building community. Today, it is a favorite destination for people throughout the world. With Acadia National Park in our backyard, a visit to Bar Harbor affords the comforts and luxury of a classic vacation retreat, but also offers spectacular beauty and natural wonder for those who would prefer to spend their time outdoors.
  • Scenic Flight. Fly over some of Maine’s historic lighthouses (built in the 1800’s) including: Winter Harbor, Prospect Harbor, Egg Rock, Baker Island, Bear Island, Bass Harbor Head and the Blue Hill Bay Light and experience the beauty of the area from above!
  • Fish for lobstah. Sail out on a fun lobster boat and sample a day in the life of a Maine Lobsterman! Watch the captain haul in lobster traps and listen to the tales of lobster fishing, seals and other marine life in Maine. Lobstermen always have a story and you likely will hear all about the local history and folklore. The tales sometimes seem tall, you decide if it’s fact or fiction! Ask about the Flying Dutchman of Maine, the curse of the Saco River, the night during World War II when a German U-Boat landed two spies on Hancock Point, and any others he may want to throw in.
  • Explore Acadia National Park. Did you know that Acadia National Park covers over 42,000 acres? Explore its cliffs, rocky coves, glacier-carved lakes, dense forests and get taken aback by the incredible vistas! Some of the more famous sites include Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, Thunder Hole, and Jordan Pond House. Most of the park was donated by the Rockefeller family. As you explore the park you will see hand-cut stone bridges and other evidence of the family’s elaborate 57 miles of auto-free carriage trails.
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