Acadia National Park, located in New England on the coast of Maine, is a favorite vacation destination for good reason. Whether experienced while standing on the shore or gazing into the distance from the mountaintop, the views are spectacular, the landscape is pristine, and the wildlife remains plentiful and protected. As a result, it is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States, and in all of North America.
Bar Harbor, a small seaside resort on the northeastern part of Mount Desert Island, has a unique symbiotic relationship with the Acadia. Together, they are like conjoined twins, both born of the same mother - and she is the land and ocean combined.
With its many shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and varied recreational activities, Bar Harbor is the perfect compliment to the park's geography and natural setting. There are historical roots at play here, a special blend of salty air and the classic Down East character that is easily recognized and loved by millions. Together, these "conjoined twins" are often the starting and ending points of an unforgettable Maine vacation.
Figuring out things to do, and places
to see, can be a daunting task, especially for people who have never been here before. Those who already have
can cut-to-the-chase and point themselves in the right direction. For the first, second, or third time visitor,
it helps to first get a visual of what the shape of the land looks like and what towns
and villages are here in relationship to the park and the seashore. Those who have never been here usually
want to get a feel for the place first, to see what it looks like, and if they can imagine being in this sort of
setting while enjoying what it has to offer. The following suggestions will respond to these varying needs.
Set aside some time to look through the images at the main photo link at the top of this page where you will find hundreds of high quality pictures. This will provide a good visual and emotional experience that will quickly tell you whether you would like to learn more. If it passes the test, dig a little deeper. To do this, try the Map link at the top. You will discover an interactive map where you can click on various towns, villages, and special park locations to access information and more pictures. Must see places within the park would include Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Otter Cliff. If your interest is still growing, you may want to check out what accommodations are available. Try the Lodging link then select the category that interests you.
If you are returning to Mount Desert Island, no doubt you are already hooked. Congratulations on your good fortune as you certainly are in some good company! Perhaps you were here before but found yourself pressed for time and did not see or do all that you wanted to. This is where AcadiaMagic.com can be very useful in the organization and planning of your next visit. Many people choose to print out pages and assemble them in a small pamphlet or booklet, almost like their personal wish list or vacation itinerary. If you are in this group, you are ready to get into familiarizing or memorizing what is here and the best place to begin that is with the two main interactive maps - one of Mount Desert Island and the other of the Schoodic Region on the mainland.
Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are in your blood to stay and you are quite familiar with what is here and have developed preferences over the span of perhaps years. There is still something here for you as well and definitely much that you can share with others. Go ahead and show them why you desire to come here in the first place. Have you considered getting a large photograph to hang on your wall at home or at the office? Or, perhaps it would make the perfect gift to give to that special person in your life. There are hundreds of photographs to choose from. At least one of them has your name on it.
As the creator and owner of Acadia Magic, I am definitely in this last category of a long time visitor. My visits to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park span over fifty years. Yet, I am still discovering new places that I have never seen or been to before. It is like that around here. One of the greatest pleasures I have had since first creating this resource guide was when I received an e-mail from a man in his eighties who had lived in Northeast Harbor a very long time ago. He specifically wanted to thank me for the most wonderful half hour he had spent in many years. This is why I created this website. It is the result of a deeply rooted love I have for the land, the sea, the mountains, and its people, and the personal desire to share this with others. I hope that it is useful, and I truly hope that you find some pleasure while visiting. If you do, please let others know about it.
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