Northeast Harbor is a great jumping off spot for exploring Acadia National Park.  The Park offers a scenic drive, hikes for all skill levels and panoramic views from Cadillac Mountain as well as a number of other high points. Jordan Pond House in the park is known for its popovers and is close to the start of several hikes. Northeast Harbor is also home to the Asticou Azalea Garden and the Thuya Garden. Bar Harbor, on the other side of Mount Desert Island is far better known. Northeast Harbor offers a place to stay that is away from the bustle and commercialism of the Bar Harbor shops, but close enough to go over for dinner or shopping.