Nestled between the mountains of Acadia National Park and the Atlantic Ocean on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor has attracted visitors, naturalists and scientists for decades. Pass the College of the Atlantic, devoted to marine biology with an emphasis on whale management, and learn about Jackson Laboratory, a unique medical research facility working. Catch a glimpse of Bar Harbor’s attractions including the Village Green and beautiful ‘summer cottages’ originally built by wealthy Victorian era residents. Your guide will share stories of how these wealthy residents tried to outdo each other with their lavish parties and lifestyles.
The backdrop to Bar Harbor is the famous Cadillac Mountain, centerpiece of Acadia National Park. Enjoy a journey to the summit, the highest point on North America’s Eastern Seaboard. With a 360 degree panoramic view, you’ll see how glaciers carved through the granite cliffs to form a beautiful landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys. From this vantage point you’ll have magnificent views of Frenchman Bay, the Porcupine Islands, the Atlantic Ocean, Acadia National Park and your cruise ship.