Year of 2017

Milky Way seen near Bar Harbor, Maine

If you can tear yourself away from this glimpse of the Milky Way and make your way ashore, Bar Harbor awaits. The coastal village is a haven for tourists who come to Maine’s Mount Desert Island. And, since you’re here, you might as well venture into Acadia National Park, which essentially hugs Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population is 5,235. Bar Harbor is a popular tourist destination in the Down East region of Maine and home to the College of the Atlantic, Jackson Laboratory, and MDI Biological Laboratory. Prior to a catastrophic 1947 fire, the town was a famous summer colony for the super-affluent elite. Bar Harbor is home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain, the highest point within twenty-five miles of the coastline of the Eastern United States. The town is served by the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, which has flights on Cape Air and PenAir to Boston, as well as seasonal flights to Newark and Portland, ME on Elite Airways.
Population: 5,394 (2016)
Area: 63.11 sq miles (163.45 km²)
Colleges and universities: College of the Atlantic
Frenchman bay and bar harbor from cadillac mountain acadia np
Frenchman Bay and islands and the area around the town of Bar Harbor viewed from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park