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Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain

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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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THE best way to see Mount Desert Island. Drive or hike up Cadillac for sun rise (the very first place to see the sunrise in the US!) or sunset.I would not recommend biking up or ... Read more
down Cadillac due to heavy traffic and narrow road, unless you are a very experienced cyclist. There are multiple hiking trails leading up the mountain or you can drive up and take a short hike on the top. Dress warm, Cadillac can be cold!

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Sanbornville, New Hampshire

Drive or hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain and experience breathtaking views of the outer islands and endless ocean. This home sits at the base of Cadillac as you can see in the background of the home photo.

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Portland, Maine

Make sure you include a trip up Cadillac Mountain before leaving the Park or Bar Harbor.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Cadillac Mountain is Acadia National Park's must-see spot for sunrise/sunset photos. We made sure to get up there a few times during our visit. Once at our first arrival, and again for Golden Hour/Sunset (and one more time in the dead of night, but it was kind of a lost cause due to fog). The view is great, though be sure to plan accordingly if you need to park - it gets very crowded at sunrise and sunset times. The summit itself is fairly easy to hike around on, if you choose to veer from the made made path that loops around it. There's a gift shop and bathrooms near the parking lot, as well.

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Swanzey, New Hampshire

Great place to watch the sunrise. It is the first place the sun will rise on the east coast of north america. Wonderful for sightseeing, biking and hiking. There is a small gift shop at the top.

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A beautiful drive up Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island. You can walk a 360 degree view around the island!

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Flint, Michigan

On your way to Bar Harbor experience Cadillac Mountain. If you are an early riser get there to be the first to see the light of day.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

First place you can see the sunrise hit the east coast. But, it's great at other times of the day, too, if you are not of a mind to climb out of bed before the crack of dawn.

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College Station, Texas

A must to visit to watch the beautiful sunset (park in Blue Hill Overlook) or sunrise if you are an early riser.

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Rockport, Maine

THE best way to see Mount Desert Island. Drive or hike up Cadillac for sun rise (the very first place to see the sunrise in the US!) or sunset.
I would not recommend biking up or down Cadillac due to heavy traffic and narrow road, unless you are a very experienced cyclist. There are multiple hiking trails leading up the mountain or you can drive up and take a short hike on the top. Dress warm, Cadillac can be cold!

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Drive or hike to the top of the highest mountain on the eastern seaboard, (all the way to Rio de Janeiro). Nearly 360 degree views of Mt. Desert Island and surrounding area. Spectacular sunsets from Blue Hill Overlook.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, the first sunrise in the US in the winter. Absolutely worth getting up early!

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Lewiston, Maine

The first place the sun hits the USA. Also drive along the Ocean Drive for some of the best views on the Island

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

Although going up early to see the first sunrise in the US is incredible, this mountain provides impressive views at any time of day.

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Part of the larger but further away Acadia National Park. 45 minute drive or water taxi ride from Winter Harbor dock.Has everything one could imagine; restaurants, lodging, hiking trails, many shops, museums, whale watching tours, 4 masted schooner sailing tours, bike trails, etc.

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Waldoboro, Maine

Drive up or climb it, Cadillac's views are worth it! The first place on the US Mainland touched by the sunrise, it's worth it to get there early.

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At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point in Hancock County, and the highest within 25 miles (40 km) of the coastline of the Eastern United States. It is also the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. It is one of 17 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that were pushed up by earth's tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago. Were it not for the once huge glaciers that sheared off their tops, they would be even higher than what you see today.

Cadillac Mountain is largely composed of pink granite with forests of spruce and pitch pine. Views of Acadia National Park from the top of the mountain are spectacular. On the northwestern side you will see Eagle Lake, Western Bay, and further inland. To the south, you will see the Cranberry Islands. To the northeast lies Bar Harbor, the Porcupine Islands, Bar Island, and in the distance, Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland. On a clear day, it is possible to see Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain, to the north and the Canadian province of Nova Scotia to the east, both over one hundred miles away.

The winding and scenic road that ascends to the top of Cadillac Mountain is approximately 3.5 miles long and was officially opened in 1931. During the 1880's, there was a slow cog railway excursion to the summit. But unfortunately, due to a much faster descent, it was short lived. In 1895, the cog train was sold and moved to a mountain in New Hampshire. There are also various hiking trails to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, some more challenging than others. If you are not an early riser, the view of the sunset is beautiful, but to avoid crowds it is worth getting up for the sunrise.

Cadillac Mountain is also known as a great place to watch for hawks in the fall, which are migrating south for the winter. So if you are a bird watching, or just simply appreciate nature, make sure to include Cadillac Mountain as one of your stops while visiting Acadia National Park.

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Providence, Rhode Island

This is at sunrise on Cadillac Mt. You'll be first to see it in the US east coast if you can manage to get up wicked early! I think it's worth doing it at least once. But dress warm and even bring a blanket and/or hot coffee!

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Portland, Maine, USA
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Cadillac Mountain isn't very tall, even by East Coast standards, but it's tall enough that the view from the summit is spectacular. It's mostly denuded of trees on the top, so you can see for miles and miles around, over the ocean and the outlying islands. It's also a pretty short walk up to the top, so there's nothing stopping you from going. But bring a coat, it's usually windy and cooler up there.

There's a gift shop too, if that interests you. :-)

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Where the sun first rises on the eastern coast of the US.

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The view is fantastic! (but only on a sunny day)

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