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I spent a good amount of time living in Bar Harbor, ME and it was as amazing as it sounds. The Midcoast, Acadia, and Downeast regions of Maine are all so beautiful with amazing vistas around every corner. Just heading down random backroads and exploring the region was one of my favorite hobbies when I lived up there and a lot of these places are results of those "off the beaten track" expeditions.
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5 Main St, Blue Hill, ME 04614, USA
Take a day trip from Mount Desert Island to the significantly less traveled portion of the national park, Isle au Haut, which can only be reached via mail boat from Stonington. While you are there, stop at Black Dinah Chocolatier to pick up some...
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Sand Beach, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
Sand Beach is the only sandy beach on Mount Desert Island, which makes it really busy during the day. The best time to escape the crowds is during a moonlight night. When the beach will be mostly empty (other than the occasional ranger program)....
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9 Thurston Rd, Bernard, ME 04612, USA
Bar Harbor is home to quite a variety of places to consume lobster. However, none of them are quite as authentic and delicious as Thurston's Lobster Pound on the "quiet side" of the island. It's a bit of a drive from Bar Harbor, but the food is...
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15 Peabody Dr, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, USA
Skip the crowds at the Jordan Pond House and opt for tea and popovers at the Asticou Inn instead. Say "Asticou," and most people think of the lovely, 2.3-acre, Japanese-style pocket garden famous for its 70 varieties of azaleas, rhododendrons, and...
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Schooner Head, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
Every travel guide you read suggests you take in a sunrise on top of Cadillac during a trip to Acadia, and while it is beautiful, there are other, less crowded places to get a wonderful morning view. Drive down Schooner Head Road and hike down the...
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Otter Cove, Maine, USA
Hike down Otter Cove, some of the best rock climbing in the Eastern United States (and some trails that can be hiked up and down carefully without gear) to get great views of the Gulf of Maine. Nearby Monument Cove also offers some incredible...
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Sargeant Point Rd, Mt Desert, ME 04660, USA
Finding a spot to get a great sunset on MDI can be challenging, but this little park at the end of Sargeant Point Road overlooking Sommes Sound is the perfect spot (which is why the locals never let it sneak into the travel guides). With one...
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Mt Katahdin, Northeast Piscataquis, ME 04462, USA
There is little to say about Katahdin. It is far from easy to get to the top (about a 5 mile hike each way with an elevation change in excess of 4,000 feet), but the views are stunning. It's the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail for a...
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280 Belfast Rd, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Most people who go to Camden Hills drive right up Mount Battie, which is a nice drive with a great view of the harbor. But the park has so much else to explore. The Ocean View Trail is a particularly excellent choice. It is fairly strenuous, but...