"This park is unusual. Rather than being carved out of existing federal land, this is land donated by some of the richest people in the country to the United States of America -- rich people who had it as their own special, elite summer enclave," said Burns, who is currently traveling the country visiting parks of a different sort, ballparks, for his upcoming documentary "The Tenth Inning," a new chapter of his 1994 "Baseball."
Acadia is a three-and-a-half-hours' drive northeast of Portland, is connected to the mainland by a causeway. It was established as a national park in 1916.
Burns said that while the national parks have "spectacular natural scenery," they offer so much more.
"Usually what brings us to a national park is that we're out of normal routine," he said. "We get to see our parents and our siblings in different light. It really leaves an indelible mark on our memories."
Besides Cadillac Mountain, Burns recommends that the Obamas visit the Jordan Pond House Restaurant, known for its popovers and lemonade, Thunder Hole at the eastern edge of the park and the carriage roads created by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
"They are unprecedented in a national park," he said. "They are wonder of architecture, of thoughtful planning. They pass by waterfalls and around trees. I think the president and his family will have a great time exploring that."
Ardrianna McLane grew up in the area, went to college at nearby College of the Atlantic and, after a few years away, returned to work as a ranger at Acadia.
"This is place where I think there is something for everyone. It's an ever-changing landscape where you have this connection between the ocean and the forest," McLane said.
Among her favorite spots in the park: the Jesup Path, which leads into town through connecting paths; the Sieur de Monts, the oldest section of the park; and the carriage paths.
"There are small, less visited places where you can hike through the forest and feel like you are the only one in Acadia," she said. "The park is so diverse. The trails wind around different vistas and you feel like you are really escaping."
"Remember," she added. "Acadia is the French word for `heaven of Earth' and I think it's no accident that the name has stuck."