4) Rangeley Lake, Maine
As picture postcard as a lakeside vacation can get, Rangeley Lake is a year-round vacation spot, but a haven for summertime fun especially. Camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, and more are offered up in this scenic northwest Maine destination. Town & Lake Motel Cottages offers accommodations right on the lake, and within walking distance to the town’s shops and restaurants. There’s also a 1920s Victorian Bed & Breakfast on the lake. Scenic boat cruises are offered aboard a 1947 restored wooden classic, the Oquossoc Lady, which includes the history of the region with spectacular views of the mountains and local wildlife. Rangeley Lake State Park, at the southern end of the lake, offers swimming as well as a picnic area with tables and grills. There’s also a campground for tents, RV’s and a children’s playground. Being fed by a series of streams, Rangeley is also a fisherman’s paradise.
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