If the sun ever shines again on a regular basis, and you could have the perfect summer day, which place would you go to?

Even though the weather has been a total drag lately, we are beyond blessed to live in the state of Maine, well for most of the year anyway, but that having been said, summers here are the envy of many people, which is probably why so many tourists flock here to enjoy the food, the ocean, and the general laid back vibe here.

So, the question we pose today is a simple one. On one classic summer day in Maine, would you choose to go to Bar Harbor or head to Old Orchard Beach? Sure, there are plenty of other options to enjoy in Maine, but for today, we want to narrow it down to these two appealing destinations.

Bar Harbor is the place to stay if you are visiting Acadia National Park. This hot summer tourism hot spot has a ton of shops, restaurants, bars, ice-cream vendors, and of course, the one and only Sand Beach.

Old Orchard Beach, is a resort town located in York County. This popular seaside resort has many many tourist-oriented businesses, including incredible restaurants, live music, and nightlife and the wooden pier on the beach is a must.

The best part of both of these choices is that you are so close to the Atlantic Ocean, that you smell it. That's probably where the similarities end because they offer up two very different experiences, but either one is a great getaway that everyone can enjoy!

@magicalwandering How to Spend 4 Days in Bar Harbor, Maine #visitbarharbor #barharbormaine #visitmaine #destinationstotravel #barharboritinerary #travelitinerary ♬ Sunrise - Morgan Wallen

@livinginportlandmaine Views from above Old Orchard Beach 📍#oldorchardbeach #maine #kellerwilliamsrealty ♬ ocean eyes - Billie Eilish

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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