In a region where winter reigns supreme 5-plus months out of the year, the precious days and weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day define the Maine “summer”—a stretch of some of the finest weather you’ll find anywhere in the world, and the reason millions of visitors and tourists make their way to the pine tree state every year.
One of the jewels of the Maine summer is Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, nestled roughly mid-state along the rugged Maine coast line, some two hours north of Portland, the state’s largest City, and about 50 miles from Bangor. As with most popular destinations, traffic can be a challenge. There’s only one main road leading into Bar Harbor and the park which lies a few miles beyond, so on busy days entering the region can be a bit stop and go. Likewise, once you’ve arrived in Bar Harbor, the small village areas can’t handle the influx of traffic (nor would you want them to be able to, that’s part of the charm of this area!) or accommodate lots of parking.
That’s what makes Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park ideal electric biking destinations, and why we recommend you toss your OYAMA folder in the trunk of your car or rental, so that when you arrive you can simply park your car for the day, weekend, or week, and explore the sights from the seat of your OYAMA.
And there’s lots to explore—from miles of scenic trails along one of the nation’s most idyllic coastlines, to biking to the summit of Cadillac Mountain (yes, there’s a road for that) and enjoying breathtaking ocean views, to exploring the galleries, antique stores, and eateries of Bar Harbor and surrounding seaside villages.
Acadia National Park
Established in 1919, Acadia National Park’s 47,000 acres occupies most of Mt. Desert Island, the largest island off the coast of Maine. It’s one of the most visited national parks in the USA, forever preserved due to the generosity of the Rockefellers and other wealthy landowners. Acadia’s spectacular natural beauty features rocky beaches, pristine woodlands, and glacier-capped granite peaks with plenty of hiking, biking, and driving along its more than 45 miles of roads, carriage roads, and trails. Fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism remain the area’s top island industries, and visitors can experience numerous outdoor activities including swimming, beach-going, picnicking, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, whale watching, and bird-watching in and around the park.
The quaint historic seaside resort town of Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia park. In Bar Harbor, and in several surrounding communities, visitors can explore an amazing variety of shops, excellent restaurants, galleries, museums, historic sites, and mile after mile of breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, oceanside cliffs, and glacial lakes.
Restaurants & Shopping
The Bar Harbor/Acadia region features some of Maine’s best and most unique restaurants, galleries, and shops. As you might expect, top menu items include fresh seafood—most notably lobster, Tuna, and cod. Bar Harbor is also a hot spot for craft beer, wine, cocktails, and nautical-themed antiques and crafts.
Some highlights include:
- Paddy’s Restaurant features Irish-American cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a spectacular waterfront setting.
- Jordan Pond House is the only restaurant within Acadia National Park, with a history dating back 150 years. Their popovers, tea, and scenic views are legendary.
- Geddy’s is a lively sports bar located in the heart of downtown, serving traditional American pub fare.
- Island Artisans features high quality crafts made by more than 100 Maine artisans. Highlights include basketry, glass, jewelry, pottery, embossed cards, and handspun printed fabrics.
Bar Harbor and Acadia feature miles of excellent cycling trails:
- Park Loopis the primary paved road through Acadia National Park. It runs by numerous lakes, mountains, forests, and along the rocky coast. Highlights include Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond.
- The summit of Cadillac Mountainis the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the USA. It can be reached via a 4-mile, winding, moderately-graded road. The views at the top are breathtaking.
- Acadia national park is crisscrossed with 45 miles of nicely groomed, gravel Carriage Roads offering great opportunities to explore the entire island and the scenery.
While you’ll need to leave your bike ashore for this excursion, don’t let that stop you from enjoying one of the most unique activities you’ll ever experience: whale watching. Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers whale watching tours of Frenchman’s Bay to see humpback, finback, and Minke whales, as well as porpoises, seals, dolphins, offshore birds, and North Atlantic Puffins.
Let Your Dreams Unfold
The opportunities for exploration and adventure in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are literally too many to mention. Suffice to say, there is something for everyone in this region. An OYAMA folding eBike gives you the unique opportunity to leave your car or truck behind and experience this quaint, historic region first-hand—and it can be made all the much better from the seat of your OYAMA eBike model CX E8D or CX E8D Version II.
With roots in Japan and more than 50 years of mechanical and design expertise, OYAMA Bikes builds 200+ varieties of practical, functional, and innovative folding bikes for active mobile cyclists who want to define their own paths. Known for their amazing ride quality, OYAMA folders are bikes that happen to fold. Designed, tested, and manufactured in-house, OYAMA bikes offer quality, utility, comfort, and style.
Check an OYAMA bike out today . . . and let your dreams unfold!