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Cadillac Mountain free

Cadillac Summit Road | Acadia National Park, ME
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  • Type: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Standing about 1,530 feet in height, Cadillac Mountain wins a lot of superlatives. Not only is it the tallest mountain in the park, but it's the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard and the first point of the United States to see by the rising sun's rays. Whether you hike up the Cadillac Summit Loop Trail or drive up the narrow access road, go early. As the only attraction in the park that can be reached by car, Cadillac tends to get crowded.

You should drive slowly, especially as the roadside cliffs get steep. As one Virtual Tourist says, "The… winding road with views over the side made me cringe … definitely not for nervous drivers." If you're visiting during the winter months, you'll have to take the Cadillac Summit Loop Trail; the park closes down the access road for the winter season. Pack the blankets and hold on to your hats too, it gets chillier as you ascend.

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