There are many reasons to have limited time at a national park: Difficulty getting time away from work, financial constraints; traveling with children, even just lack of time. But even if you just have one full day, you can do and see a lot at many parks. This will be a regular theme on the site, and this feature will spotlight one day at Acadia National Park.
You know you have one day and now you will only need to remember one name: Mount Desert Island, where majority of the national park is preserved. Once a continental mainland towering with glacial ice sheets, it is now a lake-filled, mountainous island full of attractions and wildlife. For one day on this island, plan to get up very early… you will be happy you did.