The first place to view Sunrise in the United States: Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine, is the place to see first rays of Sun in the whole of United States. We had reached there after covering fall in Vermont and New Hampshire, and Acadia is even better known for its colors over the many small islands.

At an elevation of 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. We were staying just a bit from the road to the Summit of the mountain, so it was easy to drive to its peak early morning, which was on the top of my list of things to do there.first sunrise in united statesThe road to the top meanders through the North and Eastern side of the mountain. If your want to see the Sunrise, it is better to rush to the top first, though you might be tempted to stop at the various vintage points along the 5.6-kilometer stretch. Sometimes, even the parking might be hard to find up there though they have ample spots!cadillac mountainAt the summit, I stood in the bitter cold of early-October and my fingers froze many times to capture these shots. I was in the company of many ‘wise’ men and women though 😛acadia national park.jpgThe scenery changed dramatically as I admired the views from about 5am till 7.30 or so. The clouds and islands in the distance added beauty to the extravanagza. There were fall colors too, but not at their peak yet.sunrise at cadillacThe sun made its first appearance in style, and many around clapped to welcome another day!best of acadia npThe following moments kept me hooked to the mesmerizing sights, as it was a perfect morning one can ask for!best sunrise shotsphotography at cadillacThe entire experience only made me strengthen my resolve to never miss a Sunrise while on vacation…it is a wonderful gift of nature that needs to be appreciated and be thankful for!

42 thoughts on “The first place to view Sunrise in the United States: Cadillac Mountain

  1. There are two things of which we never get tired…watching the sky…in all its hues and forms and the ocean for the same reason…both blue, both vast beyond our imagination! Ask any nature lover and you would find the same answer though I love the mountains but even in the midst of all that beauty we look at the sky and where those peaks touch it.
    Alok, your pics are as enthralling as ever! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  2. Mesmerising sunsets, mesmerising photos indeed. Haha, I can just imagine you rushing to the top to make it in time for the sunrise. I would have done the same…because each sunset is different and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Love how you were up there long enough to capture different hues and shade sin the sky. That’s the beauty of sunsets. Each one is a rainbow of sorts 🙂

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  3. I’m not a morning person but when it comes to experience the sunrise from a location as beautiful as you shared in the write-up, then I always try to grab such opportunities. Yes, it is always hard to give-up on your sleep but to behold such view is something that is worth everything.

    Fab shots, as always. 🙂

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  4. I love the fact that this particular place is a great vantage point. And because of this clouds look fabulous in your pictures. Watching the sunrise is nature’s best gift (free too). I think it is quite therapeutic, as well. My weekend is incomplete if I don’t get to witness a sunrise. Loved these pictures, Alok.

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  5. “Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine, is the place to see first rays of Sun in the whole of United States” – only half the year (Oct to March) 🙂
    Lovely pics! The right amount of clouds can transform a good sunrise to an exceptional one. 🙂
    We were there for the Night Sky Festival last year in September and definitely plan to go back. Our sunrise experience was similar to yours (the frozen fingers part) – who thinks of jackets and gloves in September ( a hoodie may be :)).

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