Young bull moose
Bull moose in Rangeley, Maine. Photo by Kyle Haley

Three extraordinary days in the Rangeley Lakes region


Day 1:  Mountains & Main Street

MOUNTAINS   Start by experiencing the full splendor of the Rangeley Lakes region from up high. Hike a mountain, drive up Quill Hill, or check out the Height of Land for expansive views of mountains and lakes stretching to the horizon. Later, explore Rangeley’s vast trail network by foot, bike, or ATV. While you’re on the road, swing by a local area known for frequent moose sightings.

MAIN STREET   In the afternoon, visit the shops on Main Street, chat up a local, and meet the mountain foodies at one of Rangeley’s fine restaurants – there’s awarding-winner barbecue, wood-fired fare, craft beer, Thai, pizza, down-home pub food, and more. Afterward, check out one of the Best Places to Watch a Sunset


Day 2: Lakes & Lodges

LAKES   Spend the day on one of the clear mountain lakes that have made Rangeley a summer refuge for city dwellers since the 1800s. Click here for great places to swim, rent a boat, or take a guided boat ride. Anglers can discover what has made Rangeley’s a world-class fishing destination for over a century.

LODGES   This evening, step back in time at one of Rangeley’s unique sporting lodges or historic inns, such as Loon Lodge and the Rangeley Inn & Tavern. Enjoy dinner beside a massive fieldstone hearth; get up close with mounted bears, moose, and loons; and meet the families that have run some establishments for generations.


Day 3: Culture, Crustaceans & Constellations

CULTURE   Immerse yourself in Rangeley’s history. Snap a picture in the old jail cell at the Rangeley History Museum. See the portrait President Eisenhower painted of his Rangeley guide at the Outdoor Heritage Museum. Learn about life in a 1800s logging camp at the Maine Forestry Museum. At the Wilhelm Reich Museum…well, just go. You’ll never forget your visit to the home of one of history’s most controversial physician-scientists. Check the playbill at Lakeside Theater, which hosts live music, theater, and arts events throughout the year.

LOBSTER   If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, grab live or cooked lobsters from Oquossoc Grocery or Portahouse Market (in summer months). See these Maine icons up close and enjoy a delicious meal. Try traditional steamed lobster or something with flare – Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster Chowder, Spicy Lobster Pasta. Click here for tips on preparing and humanely cooking these intriguing creatures.

STARGAZE   Before leaving town, look up. Rangeley’s lack of development makes it one of the best places on the East Coast for stargazing. There’s no need for telescopes to be awed by our dazzling night sky – the Milky Way, planets, shooting stars, and, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights. Just find a spot away from the downtown lights and look up.

Milky Way over Saddleback Mountain, Rangeley, Maine
Night sky over Saddleback Mountain. Photo by Kyle Haley