The Park Loop Road is one of three types of major road systems on the island. Constructed between 1921 and 1958, it allows motor vehicles access to the park separate from local roads and non-motorized carriage roads.
This 27-mile (43 km) road is the go-to scenic drive around the east side of Mount Desert Island, connecting Acadia's lakes, mountains, and shoreline. It provides access to popular areas such as Sieur de Monts, Sand Beach, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain.
For the full "tour" experience, start at Hulls Cove Visitor Center. The road heads south along Paradise Hill Road before beginning the "loop" section. Follow signs for the one-way section to Sand Beach.