Did you know that Maine has more coastline than California with over 3,478 miles? And while Maine is famous for lobster, harvesting the majority of this crustacean in the US, Maine is also famous for its fabulous vacation destinations.
And Bar Harbor is one of those. The town of Bar Harbor is a storied location. Originally named Eden, the beautiful maritime landscape drew artists from the Hudson River School in the 1840s. That set things in motion and Bar Harbor soon became the playground of the rich and famous. Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. had summer homes in Bar Harbor. The town was renamed Bar Harbor after the sand and gravel bar, which is visible at low tide and leads across to Bar Island.
In addition to the history and beautiful setting, Bar Harbor is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to Acadia National Park. Only a few miles from the downtown center, Acadia offers hiking, biking along the carriage roads, bird watching and mountain climbing on Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point on the Atlantic Seaboard. Visitors can also sign up for many tours to glimpse sea life, including puffins, whales, and lobsters. Round that out with the island lighthouse, and you’re guaranteed a summer destination that will have you snapping picture after picture, creating plenty of memories.