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May 3rd 2012
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Bar Harbor is one of Maine's gems on the East Coast, located on Mt Desert Island. Tourist come to Bar harbor at all times of the year to see the picturesque landscape. Taking a trip to visit this landscape will relax the mind and body while giving a look at the rocky Maine coast.

In the Summer you can enjoy guided boat rides to surrounding islands on the coast, you will get an amazing tan while learning about the nature and surroundings. The Carriage Roads weave a 45 mile path for people to enjoy walking, biking, or in a horse drawn carriage. The Carriage roads lead you around Eagle Lake, Bubble Pond and Witch Hole Pond. You can also take the Jordan Pond loop and stop at the Jordan Pond House for popovers and tea."The popovers are melt in your mouth good," said Sawyer Smith

Being an avid photographer, going to the island gives me endless possibilities of things to photograph. One of my personal favorites spots is the Thuya Gardens. After a quarter mile walk up the granite carved terraces you arrive at the beautiful gardens. The flowers in the gardens are in bloom from spring to late fall, their colors painting a picture around the area.

After visiting the Gardens I like to drive around the Acadia National Park Loop Road. Throughout the road there are many lookouts that overlook the ocean and islands. It also brings you to Sand Beach, Sier De Monts Spring and Nature Center and all the way up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. After seeing the Island from a higher perspective you can make your way down the mountain, and over to Thunder Hole. The water crashes into the wall of the rocks. Sending a thundering sound through the area.

If you take the time to venture into towns on the island you can find many historical places to go. If you are looking to catch up on your Native American culture of the area, the Abbe Museum, on Mount Desert St, features it. The only Whale museum in the state of Maine is located in Bar Harbor on West Street.

The Island is full of places to stay during your trip. If camping is your preference the Blackwoods Campground is on the coast of Otter Cove, and features a short walk to the cliffs on the oceanside. Another campground to stay at is Mount Desert Campground located on the shores of Somes Sound. If you aren't interested in camping there are many hotels and Inns to stay at. The Atlantic Oceanside, a short 4 minute drive from central Bar Harbor, is a delightful pet friendly hotel. The Bar Harbor Inn and Spa is located on the water, with an oceanside walking path.

If you are in downtown Bar Harbor, take a stroll down "Sunset Boulevard of Bar Harbor," also known as Cottage Street. You can find many locally run shops and dinners such as Geddy's, Rout 66 and The Blueberry Patch. Also bigger brand stores such as Nike, Patagonia, Columbia, and North Face.

“I started going to Acadia, and Bar Harbor with my parents and sisters when I was a little kid,” Said Terry Richard “and I wanted my kids to see the same things I got to.” Kids and adults will love the experience that comes from being in Bar Harbor. It will leave them wanting to come back the next year. The Rout 66 restaurant The Geddy's restaurant Thuya Garden and Lodge Jordan Pond House restaurant and shop Mount Desert Campground The Bar Harbor Inn and Spa Blackwoods campground Native American Museum Atlantic Oceanside Hotel

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