Top Fall Travel Ideas for Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Maine
The Beehive during peak fall foliage season. Photo
Credit: Heather Anderson
Article and photos provided by the Maine Office of Tourism
uploaded on 9/27/17.
BAR HARBOR, Maine - Each year, guests from around the world travel to
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to take in the vibrant reds,
yellows and oranges of our famed foliage. Year after year, what keeps
our visitors coming back are the numerous activities catered specific
to each traveler.
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offer by far the best leaf-peeping
experiences and a variety of things to do all the way to the first
frost. Sadly, the colorful leaves won't last until November, but Bar
Harbor continues to celebrate the season until then.
Travel ideas for those who make it for
Peak foliage in Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island, is
typically from mid-September into the first two weeks of October. Check
out Maine's official fall foliage web site
to keep up
to date on the
status of the turning leaves and keep in mind there's one way you can
see the leaves that people often forget.
Above the trees: Hop aboard a closed-cockpit aircraft or open-cockpit
biplane to soar above the foliage colors in Acadia National Park and
the lighthouses surrounding Mount Desert Island.
For those who love soaking up the
fresh fall air
All season long, see the remarkable trees' transition by people-powered
transportation: hiking and biking. One trail for hikers looking for a
serious adventure while leaf peeping is the Beehive Trail, complete
with an exposed iron rung climb. The 1.9 mile advanced loop overlooks
Sand Beach, Great Head and beyond. If you're interested in pedaling
through the park, the carriage roads weave through beautiful vistas and
valleys, and during peak, offer constant foliage views and iconic stone
One outdoor fall event not to miss is watching runners from around the
world tackle the Mount
Desert Island Marathon. Runners will be striding
through Acadia National Park and along Somes Sound, the only true fjord
on the Atlantic Coast. This year's race will happen October 15.
For those who enjoy a hearty harvest
After being outside in the fresh air, either strolling the trails or
along the shops in one of Mount Desert Island's downtown villages,
taking time to sit down, take in the sights and enjoy a delicious meal
Share stories of exploring the park over hot tea and the infamous
popovers served traditionally with warm butter and strawberry jam at
the Jordan Pond House.
Popovers are deemed to be one of the culinary
great wonders and paired with tea will have you asking for seconds. The
restaurant looks over the enchanting Jordan Pond and The Bubbles,
making for a lunch or dinner not shy of views.
Don't worry, just because the air is a bit cooler doesn't mean you
can't still feast on seafood. Dig into
mussels, clam chowder, and corn on the cob, with fresh blueberry pie
There is still time to plan a last
minute fall getaway to Bar Harbor
and Acadia National Park. Several local inns, hotels and B&Bs offer
fall packages and specials. Information on all these activities and
more can be found at http://www.visitbarharbor.com.
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