The US’s 16 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Found on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine, this coastal town was one of 19th-century New England’s most favored summer resorts and still remains a much-see tourist destination to this day.

The beautiful Acadia National Park is on Bar Harbor’s doorstep, offering over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, and coastline perfect for hiking, biking, and camping.

Many boats even offer fishing trips and nature-spotting tours out of the town’s harbor. After a hard day exploring the wild island community, you can relax at the lively bars and seafood restaurants that make up Bar Harbor’s busy downtown area.

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5 thoughts on “The US’s 16 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns”

  1. Sharon Drew Topp

    I grew up in Old Greenwich, CT with Tod’s Pt., now called Greenwich Pt. It’s about 64 acres of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas & a lovely view of the New York City skyline. No place could be better.

  2. Visited 17 years in a row…July 4th week is great!….found a great inn 4 miles south of town…great seafood, shops. As a veteran loved the July 4th parade. Go back every year.

  3. I love Cape May and their lovely “Painted Ladies”. The Victorian homes are beautiful; so glad to see them preserved. The beach is wide and not as crowded as other NJ beaches. My favorite beach town. Enjoyed the most in off-season without crowds.

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