Day1: Hike Jordan Cliff to Penobscot Mt. to Jordan Pond Path. Difficulty 7/10 Steady Hike followed by stroll around pond. Time 4hrs. Views: Great changing vistas right over Jordan and Bubble ponds to the summit, then a lovely stroll around Jordan pond. Our favorite hike.
Day2: Hike Beehive to Gorham to Otter Cliff via Ocean path. Difficulty 7/10 Steep Cliff edge climb followed by Steady Hike/Scramble then Walk along the shoreline. Time 4hrs. Views: MDI and Atlantic as far as eyes can see, then rocky shores of Atlantic at the bottom to Otter Cliffs. Exciting, expansive, awesome.
Day3: Rock climbing at Otter Cliffs. First time! Fun, scary and safe all at once. Amazing experience. Time: half day 9am-12pm. Price: $120pp incl tip.
Lulu Lobster boat. You get to see seals, flock of seagulls and few bald eagles on two groups of small rock formations off shore. Felt like I was seeing a tiny Galapagos! Lulu is a great speaker and I was entertained the whole way. Time:2hrs. Price:$35pp incl tip.
Day4: Hike Precipice Trail to Champlain Mt. to Sieur des Monts via Beachcroft. Difficulty: 8/10 Very Strenuous rock scrambling first half of Precipice followed by not so difficult (but need to focus) rung climbing to Champlain. Descent down steep boulders (good shoes). Time: 3hrs Views: Top of the world!
Day5: Raining now but hope to do Cadillac Mtn. Later around noon!
Food: Got our water everyday at Rite Aid, best tasting sandwiches were from Subway (true). Hannaford is THE supermarket in town, has everything at normal prices. Bar Harbor is a vaca town so 90% of all restos are inflated in price. We're from NYC and $25-$30 avg entrees are expensive, but like I said its a seasonal vaca town. After trying a few restaurants, we found Lampocs to be the best tasting, casual friendly place that felt local. Entrees there were normal around $10-$20. Loved it, ate there 5x.
Transportation: From Bangor Airport- I think needs more options. High season there's little parking in Bar Harbor and in Acadia so we opted for the B-B shuttle. At $90incl tip for 2people for one hour ride is bit steep. Taxis are $110. That's it, no other options unless to rent a car and chance not finding parking all the time. I think there a bus or some other public transportation option would be great. Or make more parking spaces in the park. This would be my only hesitation to visit again next time. Transportation within the town is excellent. You either walk (small village center) or use the free shuttle to go into Acadia. I did all my hikes with the shuttle and it was very convenient and on time every time!
Loved Acadia and Bar Harbor!!! Had the best time, it's such an amazingly beautiful place with genuinely nice nice people.