Home / Travel Guides - Bar Harbor

Kenneth Wiedemann/iStockphoto.com

More About
Bar Harbor, ME

About Bar Harbor Bar Harbor lies at the entrance to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The beauty of sea, mountain, lake and forest have made this region well-known as a resort. By the turn of the 20th century Bar Harbor had become the summer playground for America's wealthy; millionaires J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer and John D. Rockefeller were among those who owned “cottages.”

However, newly instituted income taxes, World War I and the Great Depression nearly removed the leisure class from Bar Harbor by the 1930s. Many of the abandoned cottages, like their owners, succumbed to disaster and bad luck. Then a fire swept through Bar Harbor in 1947, ravaging 237 homes, including most of the estates, destroying more than 17,000 acres and leaving $23 million in charred ruins. The history of Bar Harbor can be seen in a collection of photographs and artifacts at the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum , 33 Ledgelawn Ave.; phone (207) 288-0000.

A network of motor highways, carriage roads and mountain trails preserves the striking scenery for visitors. The Great Meadow Loop Trail connects downtown Bar Harbor with Acadia National Park.

One of the best ways to explore the area is to hop on the Island Explorer, a free shuttle bus operating late June through Columbus Day. Rides to Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Acadia National Park, beaches, campgrounds and other destinations originate at the Bar Harbor Village Green. Rides to Brown Mountain are offered late June through August 31. Shuttle passengers going to Acadia National Park should purchase a park entry permit at the Village Green prior to departing; phone (207) 667-5796.

Whale-watching cruises, sailing charters and working lobster boat excursions depart from Bar Harbor May through October.

Jackson Laboratory, 1.5 miles south on SR 3, is a national genetics research center. Public walking tours are offered on select Thursday mornings in summer; reservations can be made online. For information phone (800) 474-9880.

Visitor Centers Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce / Acadia Welcome Center 2 Cottage St. Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Phone:(207)288-5103 or (800)288-5103

Things to Do Abbe Museum Downtown

Acadia National Park Tours

The Atlantic Brewing Company

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

Margaret Todd Windjammer Cruises

Mount Desert Oceanarium Bar Harbor

Recreational Activities

Bicycling Acadia Bike

Kayaking Coastal Kayaking Tours

National Park Sea Kayak Tours

Read More

Bar Harbor, ME

Top AAA Diamond Hotels

AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.

Save 5% or more when booking AAA/CAA rates plus earn bonus points with the AAA Preferred™ BWR Program

Best Western Acadia Park Inn

452 State Hwy 3. Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Book Now

Members save up to 10% and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Hampton Inn by Hilton Bar Harbor

12 Norman Rd. Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Book Now
Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

269 Main St. Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Book Now
Port Inn Bar Harbor

40 Kebo St. Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Book Now

call or visit a AAA Travel Agent Today!

Find a AAA Office

As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.

Not a Member?

Join Now