Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Head to this centrally located green space for views of yachts and lobster boats bobbing on Frenchman Bay. From there, stroll along the waterfront Shore Path, a half-mile track along the town’s rocky shoreline, for a peak at some of Bar Harbor’s most elegant summer mansions.
Acadia National Park
If any place typifies Maine’s great rugged outdoors, it’s Acadia, the state’s only national park. At 49,000 acres, it dominates some 50 percent of Mount Desert Island (plus two outlying islands), and is popular for many good reasons: 120 miles of pine-fringed trails; a rocky coastal cleft called Thunder Hole (where the Atlantic dramatically sprays); and the 1,530-foot-tall Cadillac Mountain.
Find necklaces, earrings, and bracelets made with tourmaline, a stone that’s native to Maine, at this family-owned boutique along Bar Harbor’s most popular shopping street. The rocks come in a rainbow of colors and are set in silver or gold.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.