Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Cadillac of Maine Mountains

Article and Photo By Eric H.

Cadillac Mountain, at Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, isn't close to being the highest mountain in New England, but the experience of being there will bring your Maine travel experiences to new heights.

Only 1,532 ft. high, Cadillac Mountain could seemingly be slam-dunked by Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett, but its modest height is all you need to view the unusual mix of ocean and mountains that have made Mt. Desert Island and its prized jewel, Acadia National Park, so famous for its natural, spectacular scenery. Cadillac Mountain, in fact, is one of 17 mountains on Mt. Desert Island, and is the first place in the United States to view the sun rise from Oct. 7 through March 6, according to

At the opposite end of the day, the sun sets are truly magical -- many times with blazing orange skies gradually fading into a sense of quiet, nighttime Maine solitude. This time of the day brings out some of the best views of the mountains, Bar Harbor, and the Cranberry Islands -- it's like one of those paintings that seems too dramatic to be authentic. The day time brings some scenic splendor, too, as the ocean, the inland scenes and skies offer such deep color and personality that it makes you wonder if the places where we live are dulled by all the pollution.

If traveling to Acadia National Park, we highly recommend Cadillac Mountain as a "must-see." The drive up is about 3.5 miles and there are also hiking opportunities. Whatever mode you decide to arrive, Cadillac Mountain is an instant Maine memory!

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