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Spectacular Views from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

Picture of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine (photo by Eric )

The views along the roads, beaches and trails in Acadia National Park are spectacular, but the ocean-meets-the-mountains scenery take on new heights at Cadillac Mountain.

At 1,530 ft., Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in Acadia, but also the entire eastern seaboard. ┬áThe peak certainly isn’t that of New England’s tallest mountains, but the views of the town of Bar Harbor, Frenchman’s Bay, the Cranberry Islands, Porcupine Island and lighthouses are simply spectacular and memorable. Our favorite time to visit Cadillac Mountain is at sunset — we have seen dramatic orange colored skies that can only be fully experienced by visiting. Writing about those colors just doesn’t do it justice!

If you have a car that is in good shape and has the needed acceleration to climb heights (and that you don’t have acrophobia!), the winding 3.5 mile road provides some more amazing views along the way — most notably the last third of the trek up the mountain.

The road at Cadillac Mountain is closed from Dec. 1 through April 14 and “whenever weather conditions (e.g., dense fog or ice) require,” according to the National Park Service.

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