Cadillac Mountain

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The East Coast's highest mountain at 1,530 feet and Acadia's best known sight.
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Schmitty86
Langhorne, PA228 contributions
Jun 2021
We visited here in mid June. You can't visit unless you use the new reservation system which costs about $6.00. You will also need a ticket to get into the park. I booked a sunrise visit a few months beforehand. By the week before, I saw that the weather wasn't going to be good that day. Two days beforehand, they release more tickets. I went on at 10 am 2 days before and I tried to change the tickets. Because I was in a spot with bad cell service, I couldn't do it. Instead, I booked new tickets for another day at 12:30 pm. Later in the day I got better cell service and rebooked my sunrise tix. On the day of our sunrise tix, the sun was due to come up at 4:48 AM. You really need to be there before the sunrise time to see first light. Our ticket time was 3:30 - 5:30 am. We arrived at the gate at 3:25 am and there were already about 6 -10 cars in line waiting. It takes about 10-15 minutes to get up the hill at that time because it is extremely dark and you have to drive slow. We then had to use our phones as flashights in order to see to find a good spot on the rocks for viewing. We dressed in layers and brought our beach towels to use a blankets because it was cold. We did see some of the sunrise but then clouds moved in and we didn't see too much. We went home at 5:30 and took a nap. Then we came back up for the 12:30 pm reservation. The view at that time was just beautiful. It was a clear day and we really had a nice time walking down the path a bit and enjoying the beautiful view and a snack on the rocks! We ended up staying there for about 2 hours. There are bathrooms and a gift shop up there too. If you are trying to decide whether or not to take the effort and get up for the sunrise up here, my opinion is to skip it. I am SO glad that we went up there later in the day because it was beautiful.
Written August 2, 2021
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Molly C
Merrifield, VA46 contributions
Sep 2021
Our experience would have been a lot better if the weather wasn't so bad! We reserved a spot to watch the sunrise one morning on our visit. At the time, the weather looked like it was going to be okay but due to the nature of the system and how the reservations work (2 days ahead of time and RIGHT at 10am or they'll sell out), you just have to take the risk. Well, it ended up being very cloudy that morning and we felt jilted, but again- nothing anyone could have done about it! We did see a peek of the sunrise on the horizon.

Rangers were there directing parking during the sunrise time and that was very helpful. Bring your headlamp- it's very dark before the sun comes up and you want to climb over some rocks to get the best view. It's also pretty chilly, even in the summer months so make sure you bring layers and a blanket to sit on.

Overall, we felt the price for the reservation ($6) was worth the experience!
Written September 23, 2021
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Eric F
Fort Myers, FL139 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
You must get a reservation to go up this mountain, but if you get to the top of the mountain it is worth it. The sunrise is colorful, grand, and gorgeous. The sunset is almost as stunning and the area is beautiful at any time of day. Overlooking the ocean, mountains, and islands is great and I highly recommend this place. It is the best of Acadia National Park.
Written June 21, 2022
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Tazbigdog
Chandler, AZ302 contributions
Sep 2021
OK, the scenery is beautiful, glad we were here for our anniversary and had an awesome time, BUT...

Try to get a ticket for the sunrise here on Cadillac Mountain is like getting a ____ (you fill in the blank). The website said that 30% of the tickets are pre-sold up to 6 months ahead of time. the remaining tickets, 70%, are dumped at 10 AM EST 48 hours before. I tried three times, exactly at 10 AM to get tickets, and the screen allowed me to get to the next page, and then it said it was sold out. Heck, it wasn't even 10:01 AM yet.

I did this 3 days at 10 AM and unless the tour companies scored them all, or some person in another country, my sunrise ticket did not happen.

II have found other better areas to view the sunrise, and not worth all the aggravation.
Written October 26, 2021
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Indyphan
Indianapolis, IN5 contributions
Jun 2022
Due to its popularity you have to schedule your visit to go up and with everything to do it is tough to know your 60 minute window. We tried to get tickets for the sunrise as they went on sale the day before at 10 AM. I was hitting refresh at 9:59. At 10 it refreshed and was sold out. The road to get up there can send up the blood pressure a little, but the view is worth it.
Written June 26, 2022
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KayJazz
Bedford, TX375 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
FINALLY made it to Cadillac Mountain. We reserved our reservation ($6) for 8:30am (previously was scheduled at 11am and was so thankful we could modify our time slot).
The views from the vista's were simply gorgeous!!! The peace & quiet feeds the soul and let's you enjoy God's beautiful scenery.
Acadia NP is a park to behold. Our weather for the 2 days (27-28Sep21) was 64-66°.
Some leaves were just beginning to turn into their fall colors. 🍁🍂
Starting about Oct 09. 2021 I bet the leaves will be putting on a full fall showing.
No matter when you visit Cadillac Mountain & Acadia NP, just do it! ❤
Written September 28, 2021
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AJOhio
Cleveland, OH109 contributions
Oct 2021
Cadillac Mountain is the tallest peak at Acadia National Park and offers amazing views in all directions. It can be reached by hiking up several trails or driving up the road. Timed tickets are needed to use the road and these can be purchased online (there is a link from the Acadia National Park main page). The drive up is itself a great experience with multiple overlooks where you can stop by. At the top there is a gift shop and a few short trails. Like most of Acadia, this can get busy. I recommend going to the "true summit" near the cell phone tower which is less busy (although you don't get 360 views because of the trees).
Written October 19, 2021
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Ricochan
New York347 contributions
Jul 2021
Must visit while visiting Acadia National Park! I purchased a timed ticket ahead, and I was glad! Our reservation was at 7 PM, and we were allowed to enter at 6:30 PM. Because of the reservation requirement, parking was plentiful. We ate our packed dinner up here (and threw everything away in a trash bin afterward). We could see beautiful sunset while relaxing on a large rock.
If I were to come to Acadia again, maybe I could try sunrise! This is the highest point on the Eastern Coast.
Written July 20, 2021
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,582 contributions
Sep 2021
You need reservations to drive up Cadillac Mountain. During the busy season, the best times (sunrise and sunset) sell out quickly. If you find they are sold out, check back again, 2 days before at 10am, as new tickets are released, however, they go fast. We got a reservation for approx. an hour and a half before sunset. We drove up to the top parking lot on the right, parked, walked around and then approx. a half hour before sunset, walked down to the parking lot area on the left, where we were told is the best view. This area quickly filled up with perhaps hundreds of people sitting on the rocks, some having picnics, waiting for the sunset – and it was worth the wait. It was beautiful and well worth the effort to get there.
Written September 23, 2021
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CatherineG1605
Memphis, TN74 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is NOT to be missed. This truly was the highlight of our trip to Acadia national park. We had reservations, which everyone must have now, for 4AM through Recreation.gov. The reservations allows you to enter for 120 minutes up to 2 hrs before or after. We entered the park at 4:10 AM and there was already a crowd gathering as the light was already beginning. There were clouds, but we were surprised at how much those clouds added to the color of the shy. The photos posted here were taken beginning at 4:17 AM, so you can see that it was already an amazing experience. Bring a blanket or heavy jacket because the wind really blows on the mountain and the temps are cooler than in town. Rangers make sure that people stay out of the marked areas, but there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and find their own zen as the sun rises to tough first light on the USA. It is not to be missed!
Written June 9, 2021
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