A legendary Maine mountain is receiving national praise, and it really shouldn't be a surprise.

The legendary magazine Reader's Digest released an article listing every state's most scenic nature getaway. It should come as no surprise that Maine's representative is Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain.

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The popular coastal mountain is a hotbed of tourist activity, especially right before the sun comes up for the day. It's an ideal location for early birds to watch an amazing sunrise over the bay and park. It's also one of the first places on the continental United States to see the day begin (technically, Lubec and Mars Hill can also claim to be the first to see the sunrise. It all depends on the time of year).

Standing over 1,500 feet tall, Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak in not just Acadia, but all of Hancock County. The summit road is actually so popular that drivers must reserve a pass to make the drive up. However, there's also the old-fashioned way of simply hiking the thing. There are numerous trails with varying skill levels that hikers can take advantage of if driving isn't your thing.

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Here's a little of why Reader's Digest chose Cadillac Mountain as Maine's most scenic getaway.

Cadillac Mountain in beautiful Acadia National Park is not only the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, but it's also the first place in the United States to see the sunrise. Head to the summit before dawn for a panoramic view of the sun coming up over the ocean in front of you and pink granite rock dotted with spruce trees and wild blueberry bushes all around you.

Sunrise over the coast, along with wild blueberries and spruce trees? Can you get more Maine than that? Perhaps if you threw in a moose or two.

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It's really no surprise to see Cadillac Mountain make this list. The popular peak has a special level of uniqueness that just screams Maine. It's quite literally a mountain that touches the sea. You are not going to see that everywhere.

Interested in seeing the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain? I suggest checking out Acadia's website to get all the details on how to reserve a car or check out the trails. Believe me, this is not an experience you will want to miss.

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