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Introducing Western Lakes & Mountains

Western Maine receives far fewer visitors than the coast, which thrills the outdoorsy types who love its dense forests and solitary peaks just the way they are. While much of the land is still wilderness, there are some notable settlements. The fine old town of Bethel and the mountain setting of Rangeley Lakes are relatively accessible to city dwellers in the northeast.

In the fall, leaf peepers stream inland with their cameras and picnic baskets. In winter, skiers and snowmobiles turn the mountains into their playground.

This is rural America at its most rustic. So bring a map and don't expect to rely on your cell phone – signals can be few and far between in these parts.