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Bar Harbor Maine

Updated on May 8, 2015

The picturesque city was city was established in 1796, then known by the name Eden. Located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, it receives a large number of visitors all year round. With an added draw of having AcadiaNational Park as a neighbouring area, countless travellers having a passion for camping frequent the town of Bar Harbor. The Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, located in Trenton is the nearest airport to Bar Harbor. A free bus service takes visitors to Bar Harbor. Besides, there are car rentals and taxis available. It takes about a quarter of an hour to reach the city from the airport.

A few of the hot spots for tourists in the town include the Town Hill, Salisbury Cove and Hulls Cove. You’ll also find the College of the Atlantic, Jackson Laboratory and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory here. The major portion of the famous AcadiaNational Park also falls under Bar Harbor, which includes the grand and beautiful CadillacMountain. One shouldn’t also miss the The Bar Harbor Whale Museum, Maine’s only whale museum which exhibits preserved specimens of different whales and seals. Also the AbbeMuseum, which promotes Maine's Native American culture showcasing their history, crafts and archaeology.

Many visitors simply adore the camping benefits in these parts. The Acadia reserves give you wonderful opportunity to take pleasure in the thrill of camping in North American forests. The bounty of wildlife and nature here is breathtaking. A number of options await you, ranging from hotels, inns and rent cabins to the option of camping on designated camp grounds which truly absorbs you in the natural environment. The town offers a wide spectrum of restaurants to choose from, as well. Besides the relishing sea –food available here such as crabs and lobsters, you’ll get to savour some of the finest American and French cuisines too.

There are attractions for adventure lovers here, like the Precipice Trail. It offers hikers a difficult but an exciting trail with iron rungs and ladders provided to help manoeuvre the steep climbs. Another spot, the Beehive has a comparatively easier hike, offering you spectacular views of Bar Harbor’s SandBeach, the Great Head, Frenchman's Bay, and the ChamplainMountain. Alternatively, taking a leisurely walk on the Shore Path lets you enjoy the pristine and rocky oceanfront. The town is also famous for whale-watching. Nature lovers can get up close with porpoises, sea-birds and whales. The experience of being in close proximity to whales is unforgettable. A number of cruises are available for whale watching here. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. being one of them who can take you to the whale-watcher’s paradise, the Frenchman's Bay. Among other attractions are The Bar Harbor Historical Society, which has a collection of rare artefacts, whereas in the park of Village Green , which is located in the heart of the city, you’ find a soothing environment to relax in.

It’s a good idea of exploring the town’s central area by foot, where there’s a host of restaurants and shopping areas, especially on Main St. and Cottage St. Tourists can even rent out bicycles for getting around the city. Island Explorer buses are also a choice for travelling within the city, as well. Bar Harbor is a place to immerse yourself in. The town startles you with contrasting beauties of the ocean and the forests, reeling your senses in awe and wonder.


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