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Bar Harbor Vacations

Vacationing on the eastern coast of Maine provides ample opportunity for you to experience New England life. Plan your vacation in Bar Harbor and sample fresh clam chowder and Maine lobster tail amid classic Cape Cod architecture. Bar Harbor is located off the Maine coast on the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island, home to the highest mountain in Acadia National Park.

Major Attractions

Reserve a car rental in Bar Harbor so that you can drive to Acadia National Park and walk, hike, or cycle along trails or carriage roads of old. Take in more of Maine's scenic wonders at the Main Street Marina, where you can sign up for harbor tours of whales and lighthouses. There are plenty of museums here. The Abbe Museum is a Smithsonian satellite where you can see Native American artifacts and learn about the history of the island. You can also visit nearby Monhegan Island, where there are no paved roads or cars. This is the place to eat lobster since it is primarily a fishing village.

Recurring Festivals and Events

Plan your Bar Harbor vacations at different times of the year to partake in seasonal activities. Summer months feature cruise ships in the harbor and cyclists on the roads. Bar Harbor is one end of Northern Tier Bicycle Route, which ends in Washington, and also the Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route, which ends in Florida. Check out the Independence Day festival and enjoy one of the top-ten best celebrations in the country. Indulge your inner astronomer in the fall at Acadia Night Sky Festival, where less light pollution means you can see a vast array of stars. In the winter, travel from Bar Harbor hotels to nearby Kennebunk to enjoy a high tea at the Annual Holiday Tea, where you can eat finger sandwiches and learn proper etiquette.

What are you waiting for? Head to the Eastern Seaboard for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Get the best deal you can when scheduling your Bar Harbor vacation packages by remembering the Travelocity Price Guarantee—Travelocity will match a lower price and refund the difference.

Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Bar Harbor?
With vacation packages available from as low as , you won’t need to blow out the credit card for your trip to Bar Harbor. Travelocity can help. Bundle flights, hotels and experiences into a convenient package and land some excellent discounts. The more you book, the greater the savings.
How long should my Bar Harbor vacation be?
An average of 3 nights is how long most travelers spend exploring the delights of Bar Harbor. Wondering whether that’ll be sufficient time to get to all the things on your must-see list? Stay a few extra nights to make the most of your trip.
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Bar Harbor?
For an amazing Bar Harbor package deal, head straight to Travelocity. Choose from 400 air carriers and 665,000 properties worldwide to create the ideal escape — the choice is all yours!
Why should I book my Bar Harbor vacation bundle with Travelocity?
We offer a destination to suit every kind of traveler, top-notch service and 24/7 support. To top that off, we’ll match any cheaper price you find with our Price Match Guarantee.
Will I save money on my Bar Harbor car rental if I bundle it with a hotel or flight?
Certainly — bundle your car, hotel and flight into a Bar Harbor vacation package and you’ll save loads. With so many places to explore in Bar Harbor, having your own wheels will more than come in handy. Once you’ve slid into the driver’s seat, put the stereo on and find your way to Portland Head Light, a renowned sight around 112 mi from Bar Harbor.
What is the best time of year to go to Bar Harbor?
If you prefer to wander wisely, is an ideal time to do it. That’s when room rates are at their cheapest. In contrast, prices soar in . are the most popular times to head to Bar Harbor, so expect long lines for top attractions. Hoping to travel outside the busy season? You’ll find more manageable crowds during .
Which airport is best for Bar Harbor?
Bangor, ME (BGR-Bangor Intl.), 40 mi northwest of downtown Bar Harbor, is likely to be where you’ll touch down. Your other choices are Rockland, ME (RKD-Knox County Regional) (50 mi away from central Bar Harbor) and Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor) (9 mi away from central Bar Harbor).
What is there to do in Bar Harbor?
You’ll find some excellent photo-ops at Acadia National Park, one of the most famous attractions in Bar Harbor. There’s plenty more to discover around this exciting city, so give yourself enough time to visit some lesser-known sights.
Where should I stay when visiting Bar Harbor?
You have a good range of options, with Salsbury Cove and Hulls Cove being the most favored areas among visitors. If the former suits your Bar Harbor itinerary, have a look at the Best Western Acadia Park Inn (2.5 stars) and the Belle Isle Motel (2.0 stars). If you decide on the latter, we’d suggest The Colony (2.0 stars) or the Gallagher’s Travels Bar Harbor Motel & Cabins (2.5 stars).

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