A cross-country trip through America’s national parks on the eve of the Park Services centennial celebration this August.
Acadia National Park, Maine
The 1880s brought unprecedented affluence for the one percent of the day. Mount Desert, a remote island in Maine, became a popular destination for newly flush businessmen looking for an escape from Eastern cities. The Rockefellers, Morgans, Fords, Vanderbilts, Carnegies—they all summered on the island. In 1919, it became a national park, and is still one of the most visited places in the country. But when fall comes around, the traffic dies down and it’s still possible to watch a sunset on a beach all by yourself.