From flowing rivers to majestic mountains to seemingly endless forests, Maine’s landscape offers a little bit of everything. Some of the best places to see it all are atop the many hills and mountains around the state. And even better, some of the top views in Maine don’t even require a hike.
Here are three Maine peaks you can summit by car.
Cadillac Mountain (Bar Harbor)
No list of mountains in Maine would be complete without Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. As the tallest point along the eastern seaboard in the United States, Cadillac offers spectacular views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and beyond.
The winding drive up Cadillac offers a number of turnouts to admire the surrounding area. At the top, two parking lots provide chances to see for miles.
If you’re an early bird adventurer, don’t miss sunrise on Cadillac — it’s one of the first (and most beautiful!) places to see the sun each day in the United States.
Admission: Acadia National Park pass required; if you choose to drive to the summit, a $6 vehicle reservation is required from mid-May through mid-October
Season: Road is open April 15 through November (though may change due to winter conditions)
More Information: nps.gov
Mount Battie (Camden)
Just a few miles from one of Maine’s most picturesque towns and harbors, Mount Battie rises from the northern part of Maine’s mid-coast. Its view of the Atlantic Ocean and Camden Harbor is one of the most recognizable in Maine – and you can drive to the top.
Located in Camden Hills State Park, Mount Battie is truly one of the treasures of the Maine coast. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong Mainer looking for a quick picnic spot, the relatively easy drive up to the top is perfect for anyone.
Be sure to check out and climb the small stone tower at the summit, known for adorning a lighted star in the holiday season!
Admission: $4 for Maine residents, $6 for non-residents (or free with a Maine state park pass)
Season: Open all year, but may close between November 1 and May 1 due to winter weather conditions
More Information: maine.gov
Mount Agamenticus (York)
Located near the border of New Hampshire, Mount Agamenticus provides an excellent spot to see for miles. This free conservation region, largely supported and maintained by volunteers, is a must-visit if you’re looking for something to do after you’ve visited one of southern Maine’s beautiful beaches or if you need a rest stop on your journey north to other parts of the state.
The summit also features a Learning Lodge that’s open mid-day on weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. There are also activities and events held throughout the year.
Season: Open all year, but may close temporarily due to winter weather conditions
More Information: agamenticus.org
Bonus: Height of Land (Rangeley Lakes region)
While not a mountaintop, the drive along Route 17 can’t be missed if you’re visiting western Maine. This spot along the Appalachian Trail offers fantastic views of the lakes in the area nestled between sprawling mountains. Every season offers a different and brilliant perspective on the landscape of western Maine!