This picture is typical of what you will see in the harbor area in Bar Harbor. It is a quaint little town. If you’re considering a vacation in Maine, Bar Harbor should top your list of destinations, as it is truly one of the best places to visit in Maine. Not exactly a well-guarded secret, but not overrun with tourism either, Bar Harbor is a Maine vacation spot that is awesome. Of course one of its many attractions is its close proximity to Acadia National Park—over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, hiking, biking, views and dramatic coastline.
We all really love Acadia National Park. The pictures below are some that we took on our drive around the Park. There is a scenic 27-mile loop that begins at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and offers access to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. If you get the opportunity, go to Cadillac Mountain at Sunrise as it is supposed to be spectacular. Most of Park Loop Road closes for the winter (December – April 15). We really enjoyed Jordan Pond and if you can make sure to eat a meal there and get the popovers as they are yummy.
The first picture below is Thunder Hole. The next picture is one that we took while hiking the carriage roads. The bubbles at Jordan Pond is next and the last is just a scenic picture we took of the water.
Besides hiking, our group went kayaking and biking.
Acadia National Park was our main source of entertainment here in the Bar Harbor area but there were plenty of other sites that we got to see. The picture below is one of the most photographed bridges in the area. While not officially located within the National Park boundaries, this is still a must-photograph for any visit to the area. Situated right next to the Selectmen’s Building (built in 1780), the Somesville Bridge is something that you can’t help but see and stop at when driving by. This idyllic white bridge spanning the small waterway is a fantastic location for photographs.
And speaking of photographs, we found a photographer that owned Acadia photo safari and he took us out on a boat to take some awesome photos.
Of course, what stop in Maine wouldn’t be complete without eating lobster.
From Bar Harbor, we traveled to Booth Bay Harbor. Please joint me next week as we continue our journey through Maine.