22. Katahdin Region, Maine
Why go: For intrepid New Englanders, Mount Katahdin is a major winter challenge. The northernmost point of the Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park tops out at 5,267 feet, but its terrain is especially rugged: Pamola Peak, the eastern summit and entry point to the Knife Edge Trail, which leads to the actual summit is known for its unpredictable weather conditions. If you’re not looking for a major hike, there are 235,000 surrounding acres to explore, and the Katahdin Region has more than 350 miles of curated trails perfect for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Where to stay: Millinocket, ME, is the base camp for all things Katahdin. Just seven miles out of town, on a private peninsula, you’ll find 5 Lake Lodges. Every room in the log-and-stone bed and breakfast looks out at Mt. Katahdin.
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