North America, United States
Cadillac Mountain can be found in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine. At 1,530 feet tall it is the tallest mountain along the east coast of the United States and is one of around 20 mountains on the island that were all pushed up by earth’s tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago.
Cadillac Mountain is famous for being the first place from where you can view the sunrise in the United States from early October to early March.
It is possible to hike up Cadillac Mountain but many choose to drive along the scenic roads. The Park Loop Road will navigate you through much of the park taking you to the entrance of the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road which will take you to the peak of the mountain. The Summit Road has a number of small observation points along the roadway – be sure to take advantage of these on your way up and down as they offer fantastic views!
If you prefer to hike then there are a number of recommended routes with the North Ridge Trail and South Ridge Trail being two of the most popular. Each is about 3 miles long with the South Ridge being longer and more exposed but very scenic.
When at the peak you will enjoy not only a glorious sunrise but also fantastic views of the surrounding areas. Highlights include Eagle Lake and Blue Hill Mountain, Southwest Harbour and a number of islands including Sheep Porcupine and Bald Porcupine.
The only problem with Cadillac Mountain is that access is reduced during the winter months and given that the sunrise only occurs first here during autumn and winter you can see that your opportunities are limited! Ensure that you plan your trip carefully so you aren’t left disappointed.
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