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Things to do in Western Lakes + Mountains

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Western Lakes + Mountains. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Western Lakes + Mountains attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Western Lakes + Mountains to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Western Lakes + Mountains.

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  • Books, Lines & Thinkers

    Wess Connally opened his bookstore on the ground floor of a white Victorian building on Ridgeley’s Main Street in 1996, keeping in mind “great line... More
  • Ecopelagicon

    This nature store in Western Maine formed its ethos by combining three ideas: eco (ecology), pelagi (pelagic), and con (conservation), with pelagic... More
  • First Farm

  • Grafton Loop Trail

    Hike the trail for foliage views. The Appalachian Mountain club maintains the trail; contact them for maps and information. More
  • Luce's Meats

    Operating out of a white smokehouse located in the Central Maine foothills just outside of North Anson, the Luce Family have been selling smoked be... More
  • Mount Abram Family Resort

    This mountain in western Maine features 550 acres of trails for skiing and snowboarding. The mountain promises a few easy runs for beginners, like ... More
  • Puzzle Mountain

    Follow the Grafton Notch Loop Trail to the top of this 2,566-foot mountain (located 3.2 miles from Eddy Rd., Rte. 26). It’s especially lovely durin... More
  • Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway

    This 35.6-mile scenic route meanders through some of western Maine’s most picturesque terrain. The Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway begins on Route 4, j... More
  • Rangeley Region Sport Shop

    This green cabin in the small, western Maine town of Rangeley is just a short walk from Greenvale Cove on Rangeley Lake. Since 1945, the locally-ow... More
  • Saddleback Maine

    One of Maine’s tallest peaks, measuring 4,120 feet, Saddleback draws skiers and snowboarders with 66 trails, some of which overlook the Rangeley La... More
  • Sherman Farm

    Al Sherman and wife Phyllis started their farm in New Hampshire’s Saco River Valley in 1964, and their daughters continue the family tradition. It'... More
  • Sunday River

    The whole family can enjoy the challenging runs at this ski mountain. More
  • The Logan

    Spot moose at this popular fishing location near Little Kennebago Lake. More
  • The Wilhelm Reich Museum

    This sprawling western Maine museum from the trust of Wilhelm Reich, a noted psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and scientist, spans 175 acres. The woods... More

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