Every year traveling to Mount Desert is mandatory. Acadia National Park reserves much of the land on this island. Some natives stress the second syllable of the name Mount Desert, de-Zert, like the arid land with rounded dunes, which is reminiscent of the bald mountain tops on the island, and as described by the french explorer, Samuel de Champlain, “île des Monts Déserts”. But many people pronounce the name like the sweet course at the end of a meal, DEH-zert, as in the french pronunciation, “Déserts”.
Accessible and alluring, the park provides the public with a treasure of mountains and archipelagos, and trails to access both by land and sea.