November 1, 2019

#196 Acadia National Park

"Mount Desert Island (from the French word meaning "bare", and pronounced like the English word dessert) is Maine's national treasure, a 12 by 14 mile domain of walks, sights, inns, and eating places that are as captivating today as when the Rockefellers, Astors, Fords, Vanderbilts, and the fellow "rusticators" founded a summer colony here in the early 20th century.  The families later bequeathed much of the island to the government, which in 1929 set aside 60 percent as Acadia National Park."


"The timeless serenity of the island is tested by the ever increasing number of visitors - its centerpiece draw, for instance, the swooping 20 mile Park Loop Road, attracts big crowds."