With so many things to see and do in and around Acadia National Park there just isn’t enough time for it all. If it’s your first visit and you are only able to see the area once, we want to help you make the most of it. Many of our guests only visit for a few days and they often ask us what shouldn’t they miss? If you’re planning an upcoming trip, you’re probably thinking the same thing as well.
For over thirty years we’ve helped guide visitors and guests how to explore our area. During that time we’ve refined a list of places that will give you a great introduction to what Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park has to offer. If you only visit once you’ll still leave feeling fulfilled that you witnessed some of the most sought after and famous places. If you plan to come back, you will have your bearings and will be ready to hit the ground running on your next visit.
Most folks are not sure what exactly they’re going to do on their first visit and don’t know how much time they’ll need. The truth is if you just want to see the highlights you can see them in a day or two. But if you plan to partake in some of the area Activities or Attractions and embrace the local culture of laid-back island living, you can certainly spend longer and may never want to leave!
So for your next visit to Acadia National Park here are some of the must-see places you shouldn’t miss…
Along with shopping and dining, Downtown Bar Harbor is also host to some natural attractions that should not be missed. You can walk across a sandbar at low tide to an uninhabited island or walk the coast of Frenchman’s Bay along a historic walking path. These sites are easily accessible to everyone and offer breathtaking views that anyone can enjoy.
With over 30,000 acres of land comprising Acadia National Park, there is more than just one way to see it. But if there is one can’t miss part, it’s the 27 mile Park Loop Road. The road winds through the heart of Acadia providing many places to pull off and view some of the park’s scenic vistas and overlooks. Along the way, you will come across some of the most interesting places in Acadia. If you don’t have a vehicle, guided tours are available or you can utilize the Island Explorer Shuttle system to see most of the Park Loop Road.
There are a lot of places to explore outside of Downtown Bar Harbor and the Park Loop Road but if there are two places you must see it’s these…