Mount Desert Island is the second largest island on the East Coast of the United States, behind Long Island and ahead of Martha's Vineyard.
Travel and Leisure has ranked it among "The World's Top Islands," which includes Bali, Kauai, and Maui. Conde Nast Traveler includes it among its "12 Enduring Edens" -- islands that have both extraordinary popularity and abiding beauty.
Mount Desert Island has a permanent population of about 10,000, although over two million tourists a year visit the Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park, with 30,300 acres on Mount Desert Island, occupies half of the island.
Although Acadia is one of the smallest national parks, it ranks among the Top 10 in visitors.
At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the park, but also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States.
There are 24 mountain peaks on Mount Desert Island.
Acadia National Park offers 125 miles of pristine hiking trails, providing views of glacial lakes, granite cliffs dropping into the ocean, and Somes Sound, touted as the only fjord in North America.
Between 1913 and 1940, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. developed a system of carriage roads, widely acknowledged as the finest example of broken-stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles.
Today, 45 miles of carriage roads provide cyclists a car-free system to weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park.
The carriage roads feature 17 unique stone bridges crafted by masons from native rock.
In 1922 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. also spearheaded creation of the 27-mile Park Loop Road system offering motorists outstanding views of Acadia's ocean shoreline, coastal forests, and mountain silhouettes.
To design the Park Loop Road, Rockefeller retained Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the son of the designer of Central Park who is generally considered the father of American landscape architecture.