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Peak Maine Scenery at Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain during the day at Acadia National Park, Maine
Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park, Maine.

by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated 12/28/16.

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Cadillac Mountain, on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, proves you really don't need a high mountain to get the best views. Coming in at just 1,532 ft. high, Cadillac Mountain affords amazing views during daylight, sunrise and sunset, including Bar Harbor, Schoodic Peninsula, Eagle Lake, Blue Hill Mountain, Southwest Harbor and the Cranberry Islands. Being on top of Cadillac Mountain is really a great way to see this unique area where the mountain-meets-ocean scenery creates views that look quite different from anything you've ever seen! Mt. Cadillac is simply spectacular, even when hundreds of people make it a busy tourist destination.

It's incredible that taking the 3.5 mile Summit Rd. to the top can afford better views than some mountains in New England two or three times bigger than Cadillac. There is a small gift, snack, and information center at the top, which is nice and also convenient on a chilly day, but we suspect you’ll spend the majority of time up here in awe of the mountaintop scenery. The whole scene will make your soul stir with joy, given the amazing, panoramic views of this storied region.

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Blue Hill Overlook at Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine
Blue Hill Overlook at Cadillac Mountain. Credit: NPS / Kristi Rugg.

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