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Bar Harbor, Maine
Do you prefer the land or the sea? I prefer the sea, by the way. Start your visit to Bar Harbor by taking a relaxing cruise or a whale watching trip. This is another time in which you should not forget your camera. Be sure to share your best sea life pictures with me.
Let's spend some time on land now. The nearby Acadia National Park spans 41,000 acres and contains 120 miles of hiking trails and 27 miles of paved roads suitable for biking. In addition, there are carriage roads of crushed rock that also make fine bicycle trails. The park also features two lifeguarded beaches. Sand Beach off of Park Loop Road is on the ocean. Because of this, the water temperature is quite cool, rarely exceeding 55 degrees. Echo Lake Beach is freshwater, and should be a bit warmer. Along Park Loop Road there are several turnouts where you can stop and take photographs.
Camping is available in Acadia National Park at two campgrounds, Blackwoods and Seawall. Museums include the Nature Center and the Islesford Historical Museum. Also worth a visit is Thunder Hole, a facinating natural rock formation along the coast.
Returning to Bar Harbor, it may be time to check out one of the local restaurants. Favorites include The Quarterdeck, Rinehart Dining Pavilion, Stewman's Lobster Pound, The Pier Restaurant, and many more. Want something different? Try Miguel's Mexican Restaurant, Havana, or China Joy.
Accommodations in Bar Harbor include a number of hotels, motels, cottages, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, and small inns. Check the links below for the many choices available.
I hope you have enjoyed our look at Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Further information on this area of Maine may be found at www.barharborinfo.com and maineguide.com/barharbor.
Until next time, keep safe and keep warm.
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