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Acadia National Park: Narrated Bus Tour

1. Acadia National Park: Narrated Bus Tour

Enjoy a comfortable way to see all the sights of Acadia National Park with expert commentary at your fingertips. Tour stops include the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole (an ocean-side stop), and Sieur De Monts Spring (Wild Gardens of Acadia). All tours take place on comfortable buses with an amplified PA system. You can choose to walk around at the stops and if so, walk as much as you feel comfortable. Restrooms are available at the ticket office and each stop within the park. Listen to onboard commentary from a long line of tour guides, national park workers, and passionate people within the area. With this family-run company that boasts deep roots in the Acadia National Park, you will get in-depth knowledge and stories like no other tour.

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Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Take this self-guided driving tour, immersing yourself in the stunning fall colors and rich history of Maine, beginning at downtown Bar Harbor. Discover La Rochelle, a Gilded Age mansion, and learn about the raging fire that gave rise to today’s vibrant autumn foliage. Enter Acadia National Park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and begin the drive around Park Loop Road. Along the way, discover the Great Meadow, Sieur de Mons, and Bar Harbor’s history. Pause at Beaver Lake and Jackson Labs to learn about Acadia’s wildlife before continuing on to Egg Rock Overlook and the Precipice Trail. Take a detour at Schooner Head, pausing at the Ocean Path Trailhead if you want to explore the path on foot. Continue along to Sand Beach, Old Soaker, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, Otter Cliffs, and Hunters Beach. Pause at Jordan Pond for delicious popovers and jam or simply to enjoy the view. Continue past Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake, and finally begin driving up to the top of Acadia’s most famous peak: Cadillac Mountain. Your tour ends there, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful vistas atop the mountain.

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Bar Harbor: Historical Guided Walking Tour

3. Bar Harbor: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Begin this 2-hour walking tour at the clock on the village green. Once here, enjoy a bottle of Maine spring water and meet your local tour guide.  Set off on your you of this fascinating, historic town. Your local, experienced guide will share highlights and secrets from the Gilded Age, as you wind your way through the village. Listen to stories of rum running, and tales of the town folk who influenced the development of Bar Harbor. Stroll along West Street, where the birth of tourism began in this beautiful coastal town and walk through the cemetery before visiting the civil war monument. You will hear tales of John D. Rockefeller, the Great Fire of 1947, and so much more. Return to the village green where you can tuck into a local dessert to finish up the tour.

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Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

4. Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

Immerse yourself in Bar Harbor's culinary scene during this 3-hour guided walking tour. Savor an array of local flavors at various stops along the tour, while learning about the local history from your local guide. As you sample the fare at the various stops, the establishment owners will reveal the history behind their industry and what goes into making their specialties. This tour is a fairly short walk around the Village Green and the beautiful harbor, with plenty of food stops for lunch.

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Acadia National Park: Highlights of Acadia Private Tour

5. Acadia National Park: Highlights of Acadia Private Tour

Get a great overview of Acadia. Start with a pickup and drive along the stunning 27-mile long Park Loop Road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. From Cadillac, you can see spectacular views of Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands. See all of the famous sites on the Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mountain, Rockefeller’s stone bridges & Carriage House, Otter Cliffs, Thunder Hole, and Sieur du Monts Gardens and Nature Center. See overviews of Sand Beach surrounded by the famous pink granite coastline. Take stops as you wish and stay as long as you would like at each location. As you wind through the park you will see hand-cut stone bridges, rocky coves, and pink granite coastline, glacier cut lakes, and dense forests. Your guide will point out trailheads and carriage roads to explore on your own. Upgrade to the 4-hour experience to see the famous Asticou Gardens and the only fjord on the east coast, Somes Sound. Discover the towns of Seal and Northeast Harbor. View the gorgeous lawns and mansions of the “summer people”.

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Acadia National Park: Private Island Tour and Lobster Pound

6. Acadia National Park: Private Island Tour and Lobster Pound

See the best spots in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine on this private tour with an expert local guide. Discover highlights like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Precipice Cliffs. Get picked up and drive along the 27-mile long Park Loop Road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. From Cadillac, you can see spectacular views of Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands. Visit the area's most famous sites and stop along the way as you please, to admire the hand-cut stone bridges, rocky coves, pink granite coastline, glacier cut lakes, and dense forests. Stroll the famous Asticou Gardens and drive-up the only fjord on the east coast, Somes Sound. View the outsides of the mansions of the “Summer People”. Visit the historic town of Somesville, the oldest community on the island. Take a picture on the famous Somesville Bridge. Tuck into a fresh seafood lunch at Beal’s Lobster Pound where you can watch boats come and go in the Great Harbor. Upgrade to 6 hours to see the only lighthouse on the island, the Bass Harbor Headlight and Seawall, and the natural rock formation in Acadia.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Heather did an excellent job. We were on a bus with many very old people and Heather tried her humor and she did not get much participation from those on the bus. It could have been a lot of fun as she brought her unique personality along with much in for about many things, history, science and general. Very informative and she had a passion for her job and did not cut anything short.

Charlie was our guide and he was informative and really added his own personality to the tour. I was glad we had Charlie. It was a great tour for the price. Charlie has lots of Moxie!!!

Great value for the price. We saw all the sights of beautiful Acadia National Park and learned the history past and present of the area.

Once I had cell service it worked well and was very easy to use. It knew were I andwas very informative along the way.

Loved our guide Santo. He was funny and very informative.