I always think islands are ideal for getting away from it all. Off the coast of Maine, in the eastern United States is a group of islands which make up the Acadia National Park. The largest of these islands, Mount Desert Island, has always been my idea of a perfect escape. Mount Desert Island doesn’t have warm Caribbean waters or fancy all-inclusive resorts, but its untamed beauty, uninterrupted vistas, and glacier carved valleys grant me a sense of seclusion. The rocky terrain and sparse vegetation are quintessential rustic backdrops to hiking, fishing, and boating. Constant views of tall standing pines, sloping coastal hills, and the clear waters of the Atlantic are all I need to forget residual stresses and everyday worries. After trekking up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and gaining a view of the peaceful shoreline, I can easily understand living on this island. Although the island is inhabited all year and gets constant visitors during peak vacation seasons, somehow Acadia National Park maintains a sense of serenity and rugged beauty.