Acadia National Park occupies about two-thirds of Mount Desert Island, which is 3-1/4 hours north of Portland, Maine. You’ve heard of Bar Harbor, I’m sure, which is just one of the towns on the island. Acadia is the only national park in New England and was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, the first national park east of the Mississippi. (You can find a lot more stats and key facts at www.ouracadia.com.)
I am passionate about it because of its incredible natural beauty. It has the highest peak on the eastern seaboard and the only fjord in North America. The mountains, dramatic coastline, glacial lakes, and boreal forests are breathtaking. Most importantly, although there are over two million visitors to Acadia National Park each year, Mount Desert Island regularly ranks today as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It has benefited from the efforts of a long line of generous preservationists, most notably John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Really, Acadia National Park is one of America’s best examples of effective, historic eco-tourism.