Cadillac Mountain Road

Postcards, Posters, and Other Vintage Travel Images #6

Cadillac Mt. Road, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine (vintage postcard)

Cadillac Mt. Road, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine (vintage postcard)1

Cadillac Mountain

At 1,530 feet (466 m), Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the Acadia National Park, but also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. Cadillac Mountain is accessible via a winding, narrow, 3.5-mile road. The road is closed from December through April 14 and whenever weather conditions (e.g. dense fog or ice) require.2

Cadillac Mountain is the major destination for visitors to Acadia National Park. Accessible by car, it is the highest point on the east coast of the U.S., and offers magnificent views of a glaciated coastal and island landscape. With intense visitation through the summer months for the past eighty years, the summit area has sustained substantial loss of soil and vegetation. Several rare plants that inhabit the mountaintop may be threatened. The summit parking area becomes congested with autos and buses at times in the summer, and visitors crowd a short summit walkway and overlooks. Visitors also wander off trail extensively to seek a little privacy, an unobstructed view, a photograph, or simply to explore; for the most part, they are still allowed to freely roam.3

This image from Google Streets shows the modern (August 2013) Cadillac Mountain Road, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine , from near the same perspective as the old post card image.

This image from Google Streets shows the modern (August 2013) Cadillac Mountain Road, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine , from near the same perspective as the old post card image.

Acadia National Park is a United States national park located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor. The park reserves much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands along the Atlantic coast. Initially created as the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, the park was renamed and re-designated Lafayette National Park in 1919, and then renamed once more as Acadia National Park in 1929. Over three million people visited the park in 2016. Acadia is the oldest designated national park east of the Mississippi River.4


  1. “Cadillac Mt. Road, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine.” Card. [ca. 1930–1945]. Digital Commonwealth, ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/5t34t6109 (accessed December 14, 2017).
  2. Places To Go – National Park Service, Acadia National Park
  3. Cadillac Mountain – National Park Service, Acadia National Park
  4. Acadia National Park – Wikipedia

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