Since I visited Mt Desert during the government shutdown, I couldn't see all that I'd hoped to in Acadia. But that was no problem at all. Everything was beautiful almost everywhere I went; even the little-visited and less scenic western part of the island has a gentle New England charm, sea and mountain views. Each of the little villages offers something different, so it is well worth cruising around and getting off the main roads--on one unheralded stretch, I found a beautiful mountain lake, with mountains behind it, a grove of white birches a long the side, changing foliage--and no other people. I can't do any serious hiking, but there's no end to the beauty spots just a short walk from the roads. The scenery is not spectacular in the way Grand Canyon is, but it is more varied, more intimate, more manageable, more peaceful (OK, the shutdown probably helped a little there), and beautiful wherever you go.