Bar Harbor is on Mount Desert Island approximately 57 miles southeast of Bangor, Maine. The town is surrounded by Acadia National Park. You can hike, bike or swim in the park during warm weather. Visitors can also take advantage of the cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing trails in the winter. You can learn about nature in Maine by visiting the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History all year long or the Mount Desert Oceanarium during the summer.
If you want to be near the ocean, stay in a cottage on the beach. The downtown hotels are near restaurants and shops. You can reach Bar Harbor via state route 3, which crosses a bridge from the mainland. Route 3 intersects with state route 1A. You can take this highway to Interstate 95, which travels south all the way to Florida.
You can enjoy Maine lobster on the patio at a waterfront restaurant during the summer, when the average high temperatures are in the 70s. Visitors can sample the flavors of Maine at the Taste of Bar Harbor festival in May. People have been visiting Bar Harbor since its first hotel was built in 1855. Visitors can learn about the town's history by visiting the Bar Harbor Historical Society.