Why You Need To Spend 24 Hours in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.

Bar Harbor Port


With the surprise of the pandemic changing everyone’s international travel plans, one of the best things that came out of it this year for us is discovering the less talked about (but equal to some European counterparts) east coast states. We always wanted to visit Maine, and a trip there would not be complete without a trip to Bar Harbor. Maine is the northeasternmost U.S. state and is generally known for its rocky coastline, lighthouses, and nature areas like the granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park.

About a 3-hour drive from Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island along Maine’s Frenchman Bay. It serves as a gateway to the mountains and cliffs of neighboring Acadia National Park. It is definitely worth visiting if you are a fan of great views, great eclectic food, and lots of crafts and artsy souvenirs!


Start your day at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park Trail


One of the most beautiful hikes in America that we ever went on was in Acadia National Park. Actually, it almost compares to our hike overlooking a beach near Muir Woods in San Francisco! Being here reminded us of why the east coast is so great to be around in the summer! We hiked the Great Head Trail which is rated as “moderate” and loops around the north-east side of Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. This is a great hike, for any hour of the day, one that the whole family can experience (with caution of course). We even brought our energetic terrier pup along for the hike as dogs are allowed on the trails here! This starts as a leisurely climb leading to some beautiful pink granite cliffs and then turns into a moderate climb through the rocks with great views of the Sand Beach, The Beehive, and other beautiful views of Maine’s coast. Most crowds were on Sand Beach and there were hardly any people on the trail late morning to mid-afternoon so most people may not even be aware of the beauty of this trail. A trails map app, lots of water, and wearing some good hiking boots are highly recommended as the paths were quite uneven and rocky at times.

Sand Beach Acadia

P.S. Don't forget to check out Thunder Hole at high tide time on the way out! Some other sights to see if you have the energy; check out, Jordan pond, which unfortunately we were too tired to do after the hike.


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