When searching for quintessential Maine, forget the rocky coastline and head inland for a quaint lake vacation.
There are no signs for the Height of Land along Route 17, but look west as you drive toward the town of Rangeley and you'll find one of the most stunning scenic overlooks in Maine -- panoramic views of Mooselookmeguntic Lake framed by New Hampshire's White Mountains.
If you're looking for a resort area that has a downtown Main Street, drive-in movie theater and 11 lakes and ponds, look no farther than the town of Bridgton and tranquil Moose Pond.
Named for Naples, Italy, the lakeside town of Naples, ME, has been a tourist destination since the 19th century. Visitors to the downtown Causeway can board a replica of a Mississippi River paddle wheeler, the Songo River Queen II, to take in the Long Lake scenery.
Kezar Lake in Lovell, ME, is marked by its beautiful emerald waters as well as the moderate-sized Kezar Falls Gorge, a popular picnic area amongst the waterfalls.
Fashionable Maine families have long summered on the shores of Moosehead Lake, but the region that touts itself as "more moose than people" is no longer an insider's secret.
One of Maine's oldest towns, Fryeburg is ripe with historic sites such as Hemlock Bridge, built in 1857 over an old channel of the Saco River.
With Saddleback Mountain in the distance, Rangeley is popular year-round and is just 1 of 6 major lakes among hundreds of smaller lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in the region.
The White Mountains seen from the Olde Saco Inn exemplify the views that draw visitors to Fryeburg.
Bethel is a prime spot to view fall foliage along the Androscoggin River, hike trails in Grafton Notch State Park in the summer and ski the more than 120 trails at Sunday River Resort during the winter.