Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

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Perched upon Mount Desert Island in one of Maine's most popular parks, Cadillac Mountain is replete with hiking trails and scenery. The mountain, standing 470 m (1,528 ft) high, is one of the tallest on the United States' eastern seaboard. Here, you can get a glimpse of distant Canadian Nova Scotia in clear weather. You can either hike or drive the 5.6 km (3.5 mi) long road to the summit, which features views of the Porcupine Islands and ocean. Multiple viewing points and pullout spots are available along the way. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the park's signature granite slabs and rock formations rising from the ground. Before you head to Acadia National Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Acadia National Park travel route builder website , to make sure you see all that Acadia National Park has to offer, including Cadillac Mountain.
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  • The mountain is closed to cars in winter. Part of the loop road is accessible by car and worth the drive. There are many easy hikes, even in winter. The carriage roads are great for hiking/snowshoeing...  more »
  • Beautiful drive to the top of the mountain. Parking was a little bit of a problem but it was well worth our time to wait for a spot. There is a small path that gives multiple views.  more »
  • We were on two consecutive days in September on the Cadillac Mountain. For the first time in the afternoon, it was so foggy that we had zero visibility. Without further ADO, we decided to start up again the next day at dawn. Unfortunately, many had this idea. The parking lot was crowded, the cars were still far down left and right on the side of the road. We had succeeded nevertheless in time for sunrise. The views and the light were great. We could make nice photos despite the crowds on the mountain. The end of September it was morning very cold. I've seen people with ski suits. The departure was particularly annoying. When the show was over, hundreds cars wanted to leave at the same time again. And almost everyone believe he could be somehow jump the queue and at an impossible U-turns blocking the whole road was of course. We were about an hour until we could finally leave. So as I said, the views and the light conditions at Sunrise were great, it must everyone decide for themselves but, if the stress this worth - especially during the holidays.
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  • A MUST see while in Acadia and definitely for the sunrise. Even though you have to wake up early it's definitely worth it. Also visit not during the sunrise to take in the views as well. It will be very crowded for the sunrise so prepare and arrive early for parking.
  • Beautiful place to watch the sunrise with 1000 of your closest friends. Plan on arriving to the parking area at least 30-45 minutes before the sunrise. Consider parking at the Blue Hill Overlook just before the top of the mountain for an easier in/out. Bring a thermos of coffee and enjoy!
  • Excellent spot to watch the sunrise! Get there early, (and dress warm). We arrived 45 minutes early during our October visit and had to park a little ways down the main road. Still worth it to see the scenery.
  • One of the most scenic spots not only in the United States, but the entire world. Most of the park is free to enter and offers breathtaking views. One of the smaller national parks, but one of the cleanest and nicest and most beloved.
  • We got there in time for the sunrise but there were no clouds so it wasn't as colorful as it might have been. Very cold & windy so really bundle up. We were there in early September.

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Where to stay in Acadia National Park

A few campgrounds sit inside the boundaries of Acadia National Park. Camping is available in the park throughout the year, but most campgrounds are only open during summer. There are plenty of campgrounds around Mt. Desert Island, on which Acadia sits, and more located on the mainland within easy driving distance of the bridge to the island. For creature comforts, a lively atmosphere, and easy access to the park, look for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast in bustling Bar Harbor, which also has restaurants and shops. Quieter Northeast Harbor, which actually sits on the southwest corner of Mt. Desert Island, has a few quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that offer a more rustic experience than staying in Bar Harbor. If you plan to visit Acadia in summer, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
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