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What to See and Do

Acadia National Park is an amazing place--vistas include mountains, sea, cliffs, and coastline. You rent a car and drive around it (there's a 27-mile scenic loop). You can opt for an active experience, such as rock climbing, kayaking, cycling, and hiking. Highlights include Thunder Hole, where water surges explode into a cove with a loud boom, and Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard--and the first place East Coasters can watch the sun rise. For kids, there's an Acadia National Park Junior Ranger Program. Or, sit back and relax on an Oli's Trolley two-hour tour of the park as well as of Bar Harbor.

The village of Bar Harbor is, on the surface, mostly a place of touristy trinkety shops hawking t-shirts and post cards. There are numerous seafood joints where lobster is the main attraction.

Bar Harbor's Other Side: Poke around behind the scenes and there's much to intrigue. A walking tour of the area's art and craft galleries guides travelers to top-notch boutiques, like Eclipse Gallery (12 Mt. Desert Street), which showcases works of Maine artists and sculptors. Alone Moose Fine Craft (78 West Street) focuses on wildlife sculpture.

Nature cruises, seal watching, lobster fishing, and whale watching trips abound. One operator is Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. Sailing trips on the Margaret Todd four-masted schooner is another option.

Go cycling, either with a group or independently (or rent a canoe); one operator among many is Acadia Bike & Canoe ( 800-20526-861205).

Getting Around

Tenders dock in the heart of town. Taxis line up on the street and will make short trips or offer Acadia tours (call 207-288-9222). The Information Center, where you can book tours, get maps, and ask questions, is located at the tender dock. Car rental agencies, like Hertz (800-62054-3131) and Budget (800-20527-7000) have facilities at the airport.

Where You're Docked

Ships anchor in Bar Harbor and tender passengers to the Town Pier.

Staying in Touch

The Opera House Restaurant & Living Room (27 Cottage Street) has fantastic atmosphere not to mention breakfast fare, fresh pastries, and oh, yes, Internet and email capabilities.

Where to Eat and Drink

Casual, in-town joints: Lompoc Cafe & Brewpub (36 Rodick Street, daily from 11:30am) is a genuine locals hangout with seasonal menus and microbrews; Rosalie's Pizza (46 Cottage Street, daily 11:30am-2:30pm) has Bar Harbor's best. Get takeout from Gringo's (30 Rodick Street, from 11am), which specializes in burritos, wraps, smoothies, and homemade salsas, and have a picnic on the Common, about a half a block away.

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