Bar Harbor is a small town but it has several hotels, motels, and B&Bs. In both Seal Harbor and Bar Harbor you can rent a house for the week which is a great deal. Most people go to the national park to enjoy the outdoors and there are tons of hiking trails that range from easy, flat walks to very difficult climbing.
There are also two great beaches (Seal Beach in Seal Harbor and Sand Beach in Bar Harbor) and several smaller islands to explore if you want to get on the water. I would suggest taking a boat from Northeast Harbor to either Little Cranberry Island or Big Cranberry Island for the day. There are restaurants on the islands if you want to go for dinner.
From Bar Harbor you can also go on whale watching boats, puffin cruises, nature cruises, or sailing trips. Bangor airport is about an hour and a half from Bar Harbor. Portland airport is usually cheaper and easier to fly into and is about a three and a half hour drive.
My family actually stayed in the Holiday Isle Suites Oceanfront Resort. There is nothing like walking out from your oceanfront room, to being barefoot in the sand after 50 feet from your doorway.
The luxury of having the ocean during the day and the hot tub during the night in the hotel was amazing! Local shops line the town of St. Augustine and local crab shops sold fresh seafood all day long. Fresh Crabcakes for lunch, anyone?
The beach at St. Augustine was so spacious and quiet! Vacationers can enjoy fishing from the pier, which I witnessed someone pulling out a shark (a lil scary), shopping local arts and crafts, visiting some of the Spanish architecture and museums and eating fresh from the ocean seafood and soaking in the sun.
In St. Augustine the culture is very rich and the people appreciate the Spanish Civilization that still lives today. Instead of destroying the old architecture, St. Augustine embraces the buildings and keeps them up and running, waiting for you! If you want a quiet get-away made for the whole family, then come on down to St. Augustine, Florida- Where the culture is rich and the water runs deep!
The only camp ground in town was a reasonable $36 per night for a cabin within 4 blocks of the ocean. Being 22, my nights where filled with walking to and from bars then ending up at beach parties where they played southern music, techno or easy listening.
Tybee Island has several beaches with contests to build sandcastles and races in the water. I remember being adopted by a group of locals to work on a sand castle and ours ended up taking 2nd place in the overall beach contest.
The town has dozens of unique places to eat. Downtown (all 6 blocks of it) is littered with vendors selling their arts and crafts. There are dolphin shows, surfing intrusions and para-sailing hosts to provide entrainment on the stay. Tybee Island has since become my number one hidden East Coast vacations spot for adventure.
The weather in North Carolina is almost always mild; it rarely snows, and though the summers can be warm, they are rarely unbearable. The state is home to several world-class universities, which attract fine minds and foster culture.
One night you can take in a rock concert, and the very next night go to the ballet. As far as food, the region in home to classic Southern dishes such as North Carolina BBQ, made with a mustard sauce, fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread.
As for Disney World, I can't say enough good things about it. My daughter got made up like a princess at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, complete with a princess dress and shoes. After that she had lunch with all of the Disney princesses in Cinderella's castle. The food at Disney was not at all outrageously priced, which made me quite happy, and the same can be said for the souvenirs.
The fireworks show at Epcot was beautiful; my daughter thought it was the best thing on earth. I wasn't a fan of Disney before we went on this vacation, but by the time we left I was wearing my Mickey shirt with pride.