Bar Harbor is an interesting little town. It is touristy, without being a tourist trap. This is our second visit. Our last visit was 12 years ago.
The town is located on Mt. Desert Island, and is very close to the large Acadia National Park which takes up a large chunk of the island. Mt. Desert Island is located in the “Downeast” part of Maine.
Bar Harbor is not that big. The streets are laid out in a criss cross pattern. There are many little shops and restaurants. The majority of the restaurants are not surprisingly seafood restaurants. But there are a smattering of other restaurants including Italian, Thai, and Chinese restaurants.
The majority of the shops seem to be t-shirt shops, souvenir shops, jewelry shops, and gift shops. But there are a small number of other shops too. There is a local bike shop that rents out bikes.
Bar Harbor is small enough that you can park your car and walk around the entire town. It won’t take long to walk from one end of town to the other (unless you stop at all the little stores). If you walk down the water, you have a great view of the harbor.
It’s a pretty little town. You should spend some time exploring it if you come to Acadia National Park,