Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain
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Cadillac Mountain is a must-see within Acadia National Park in Maine. At 1,527 feet, it's the highest peak on the East Coast. Reach the summit on a hike through the lush pine forest, or take a leisurely drive up and park at the overlook. Once you're there, be wowed by the incredible views of Mount Desert Island and the Porcupine Islands. If you're visiting in the winter, you can catch the first sunrise in the continental U.S. from the mountain top. You'll need a pass to visit Cadillac Mountain, usually included on a tour of Acadia National Park. – Tripadvisor
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  • eventhorizon1028
    403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views
    We drove up at the last minute to see the sunset. You can't drive up without a reservation, but it was easy to make one quickly online. It's a beautiful place with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. You can see Bar Island and many other islands. The paths are cemented pebbles and were very easy to walk on. There are also many slabs of rock you can sit on. This site also has a gift shop, a water fountain, and restrooms.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Pat C
    Hollister, Missouri48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view from Cadillac Mountain is beautiful
    Cadillac Mountain views were beautiful! It is worth the time of making a reservation to drive to the top. The Park Store on the mountain is the best shopping we found in the park - Lots of items to choose from.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • sunsandsand0703
    Madisonville, Tennessee57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but not the most beautiful in Acadia! Look into other options!
    The views are gorgeous. But you can see many of the views as well as other more incredible views from other places in the park. I wish someone had told us this ahead of time after sooooo much research!! Anywhere in Acadia is going to be incredible!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 20, 2023
  • blukreuz
    Irvine, California79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cadillac Mountain - Wonder
    Panoramic views of Maine and her many islands. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. the parking lots and road parking are limited and fill up quickly this time of year so go early, plan ahead, and try to make reservations when you can. we booked a sunset on cadilac. don’t forget your park pass and i.d. (they check).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Samuel A
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable experience!!!!!
    This was our second visit to Acadia National Park and have enjoyed it both times. If you want to see a breathtaking and unforgettable experience, you must see the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain. If you want to see the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, you will have to make reservations. There is a $6 fee per car to drive up Cadillac Mountain. Reservations must be made on line.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Leslie
    79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A don’t miss stop…
    The view was spectacular… ease of hike around the summit. Picturesque from all sides. Must get a permit a few days before your visit from National park service to drive to the summit. This gift shop is one of the best on the park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Susan Nelson W
    Dallas, Texas83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss This!
    The first day we went up Cadillac Mountain the fog was socked in so heavy all we could see was white. A couple of days later when the weather was clear, we went back up and, WOW! What views. I could have just stayed up there looking out at the beautiful ocean!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Priya
    Atlanta, Georgia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Foggy but memorable!
    I give it 5 stars because I know it's a beautiful place and we made some great memories despite the less than ideal conditions. We made a reservation on recreation.gov a couple days before. We arrived to the base just before 4 am. We showed the park ranger our reservation and park pass and he warned us: "You aren't going to see squat!" He was not wrong. It was cold, rainy, windy, and very foggy at the top! We still had a great time and are glad we did it. Hopefully we'll get a chance to go back on a clear day some time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Lee L
    84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view
    We couldn't get a reservation for the sunrise, bound and determined, we decided to hike it. It said 33 minutes, an hour later we weren't even halfway! We missed the sunrise so we just saw it from the trail and found our way to the road and overlook. Amazing view but not a good experience. We drove up later and our visit was cloudy every day so we didn't get the colors everyone else posts about, but it was still breathtaking.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • buytaerts
    Owatonna, Minnesota239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hype
    Well worth the hype. It’s actually great that you have to make a reservation so it Durant get too crowded. Probably the easiest parking we found in Acadia. Great views and we even did a little hardcore hiking.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
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egwanderlust
Hampton, NH1,686 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This review is based on my personal opinion only.

Cadillac Mountain is a gorgeous location located within Acadia but it was my least favorite part of the park. This is due to the amount of crowding at the summit. It took us about 45 minutes to get out of the parking lot after sunrise. I completely agree with the National Park beginning the reservation system. It would make things easier on the visitors.

Now for the sunrise. While it was gorgeous, it was overcrowded and many people were sitting in the walkways. If you decide to come after the summer season make sure to bundle up. I had on two coats, two pairs of pants, gloves, and two pairs of socks but still managed to freeze my butt off. I wouldn't write-off coming up to see the sunrise but I would recommend visiting during the summer months if you hate the cold.
Written October 29, 2020
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Tazbigdog
Chandler, AZ339 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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bjt12151951
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I always love going to the top of Cadillac when I visit Acadia. On a clear day the views are awesome. Some things to be aware of: Cadillac is part of Acadia National Park and requires a park pass, which can be purchased at the gift shop on Cadillac or many other places, including online. You can get a seven day pass if you are just visiting, but I took advantage of the lifetime senior pass for all the national parks ($80). It is often windy on the top of Cadillac, so bringing a jacket or sweater is a good idea, even in summer. As of Oct. 1 , Acadia is requiring timed passes to go on the Cadillac summit road. You have to buy them online and they give you a time you can go up, after which you can stay as long as you want. recreation.org is the web site for purchasing these.
Written September 30, 2020
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Mandymac71
Aubrey, TX76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This drive takes getting online and buying a park pass before coming for $30 a week on recreation.gov. In Addition, between oct 1-18 you also need an online reservation ($2) from same website. They will allow you entry 30 min before your time. If you want to do the sandy beach drive as well, space that reservation about 1 hour to max 1.5 hours AFTER your Cadillac mountain drive. It’s beautiful and a highlight of the area. Definitely add it to your Bar Harbor to-do list.
Written October 9, 2020
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Ricochan
New York376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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CatherineG1605
Memphis, TN73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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KayJazz
Bedford, TX390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Andrew Z
New York354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
When the weather is nice and clear air, there is a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, all the islands and bays. It is worthy to drive up, spend just a few minutes or lingered longer walking over stones from one side to another. It would be much safer if all people adhere to recommendation of wearing masks, but... there is always some who does not like that idea. Outside of that have fun, perhaps have some lunch and enjoy the view.
Written August 29, 2020
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AJOhio
Cleveland, OH102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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