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Bar Harbor Vacation Packages

Salty sea air, rugged granite cliffs and sandy beaches welcome visitors to this island refuge on the northeastern U.S. coast.

Mount Desert Island is home to the town of Bar Harbor as well as Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park. The area has long been a summer getaway for well-to-do Americans, including J. P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John Astor and William Howard Taft. Take a short self-guided walking tour to see mansions and hotels built for these celebrities.

Industry giant John D. Rockefeller donated lands for development of the national park in the early 1900s and built 50 miles (80 kilometers) of carriage paths with cut stone guard rails. Hike or bike these trails that were set up with reasonable grade to accommodate horse carriage travel.

Inside the park, Cadillac Mountain, at 1,528 feet (470 meters) tall, is the highest point along the North American coastline. It’s also one of the places in the U.S. where the sunrise is first visible. Join other early risers to drive or hike to the top of the mountain to see and photograph the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean. Park rangers frequently give sunset talks atop the mountain, highlighting local geography, flora and fauna and overhead constellations.

The rugged granite of Mount Desert Island is ideal for rock climbing; the cliffs can also be treacherous. Hire an accredited guide from a local mountain climbing organization to ensure safety. You’ll learn how to tie knots, belay and find footing and handholds. Or, go on a guided sea kayaking or canoeing trip in the ocean waters around the island.

Sign up for a whale-watching excursion; you’re likely to see whales breaching and clearing their blowholes and you may see porpoise, sharks, dolphins, tuna and puffins.

The town of Bar Harbor has numerous art galleries, souvenir shops and dining areas. See lobster farming at the Mount Desert Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery and local history at the Abbe Museum. Or, visit the free Sieur de Monts Spring and Nature Center to learn about the plants and animals in the park. In summer, enjoy classical and jazz music festivals.

Car parking in Bar Harbor is generally plentiful and free. Sites and activities have fees.


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Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park

123 Eden St, Bar Harbor
3.7
of 5, from 449 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. St. Saviour's Church and Jesup Memorial Library are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hinckley's Dreamwood Cottages

Hinckley's Dreamwood Cottages

318 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bar Harbor, this resort is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Garland Farm and George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£108
Best Western Acadia Park Inn

Best Western Acadia Park Inn

452 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor
4.5
of 5, from 174 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Salsbury Cove, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Hulls Cove Visitor Center and 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from Shore Path.

£131
The Bluenose Inn

The Bluenose Inn

90 Eden St, Bar Harbor
4.4
of 5, from 182 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bar Harbor, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. St. Saviour's Church and Jesup Memorial Library are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£96
Days Inn Bar Harbor

Days Inn Bar Harbor

120 Eden St, Bar Harbor
2.6
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Bar Harbor Whale Watching and St. Saviour's Church are also within 2 mi (3 km).

West Street Hotel

West Street Hotel

50 West Street, Bar Harbor
4.6
of 5, from 35 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is steps from Bar Harbor Whale Watching, Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and Shore Path. Agamont Park and Island Artisans are also within 5 minutes.

£141
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center

119 Eden St, Bar Harbor
4.2
of 5, from 385 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Bar Harbor hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Kebo Valley Golf Club, and Shore Path. Agamont Park and Village Green are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£90
Wonder View Inn

Wonder View Inn

50 Eden St, Bar Harbor
3.6
of 5, from 186 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Shore Path and St. Saviour's Church are also within 15 minutes.

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