A view of the Southwest Harbor in Bar Harbor, Maine.

#5. Bar Harbor

From its rocky coastline to the surrounding Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers an authentic New England experience and friendly community. Situated on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is home to College of the Atlantic and Jackson Lab. Cruise ships, yachts and lobster boats constantly float past the harbor allowing passengers to admire stunning views of the shoreline. Things to do in Bar Harbor range from seaside adventures to cultural celebrations. Village Green, a park in the center of town, serves as a gathering point for residents throughout the year.

Learn more about why Bar Harbor is a Top 100 Best Small Town.

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