Bar Harbor Named One of the 20 Best Small Towns in America
Just one New England locale made it onto Smithsonian magazine’s 20 best small towns to visit in 2016.
Bar Harbor, Maine, earned a spot on the list, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The town of roughly 5,200 is flanked by Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain.
Smithsonian immediately notes Bar Harbor’s voracious appetite for Maine lobster—more than 5,316,000 eaten there every year, according to its Chamber of Commerce—as well as its bookstores and antique shops.
“It’s a great place to people watch or enjoy the outdoor sculptures, 38 in total, as well as a permanent monument to ordinary people doing ordinary things, the ‘Seinfeld’-ian ‘Avenue of the People,'” writes Jackie Mansky.
Bar Harbor’s breathtaking vistas and seascapes have been celebrated by artists since the 1850s, and the Abbe Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, chronicles the life of the area’s earliest inhabitants, Wabanaki Nation, with 50,000 archeological and contemporary pieces.
You can check out Smithsonian‘s full list of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2016 here.