From Bethel, it's 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the southeast to Portland and 100 miles (161 kilometers) to the east to Bangor.
Don't just limit yourself to Bethel; Western Mountains contains plenty of natural and cultural attractions which await the savvy traveler. Gorham and Berlin are just two of the many other places you may wish to visit while you're in Western Mountains.
When it's time to explore beyond Bethel, why not visit the nearest center. North Conway is situated 30 miles (48 kilometers) away and features visitor attractions such as Attitash, Conway Scenic Railway and Cranmore Mountain Resort. North Conway Depot Railroad Museum and Settlers' Green Outlet Village are other places to see for those who find themselves with time to spare.
The most rewarding places for travelers to visit when they first arrive in a new place are the spots that offer a window into the local culture. Make a trip to Western Mountains' art galleries.
Why don't you try some winter activities while you are here? Cross-country skiing is a good option. Another one is snowboarding. There are some great high-adrenaline adventures to be had in the region around Western Mountains. Try quad biking or rock climbing to get your adrenaline pumping.
If you plan on arriving and departing by air, it's handy to remember that the handiest major airport is Augusta State Airport, 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the east of Bethel.