12 days in Maine Itinerary

12 days in Maine Itinerary

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Mount Hope Garden Cemetery. Egg Rock Light and Ship Harbor Nature Trail will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bar Harbor: Winter Harbor (Whopaints Gallery, Schoodic Point, &more), Wonderland Trail (in Southwest Harbor) and Bangor (Penobscot River Walkway & Cole Land Transportation Museum). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Park Loop Road, identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bar Harbor online journey planner.

Madison to Bar Harbor is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Maine travel guide

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Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.