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Bangor

3.8
Monuments · Casinos · Specialty Museums

Popular things to do in Bangor

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Specialty Museum
Cole Land Transportation Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Cemetery
Mount Hope Garden Cemetery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
Paul Bunyan Statue
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Biking Trail
Bangor City Forest
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the "Queen City" of Maine.Modern Bangor was established by European Americans in the mid-1800s, based on the lumber and shipbuilding industries. As the city was located on the Penobscot River, logs could be floated downstream from the North Maine Woods and processed at the city's water-powered sawmills, then shipped from Bangor's port to the Atlantic Ocean 30 miles downstream, and from there to any port in the world. With their wealth, the lumber barons built elaborate Greek Revival and Victorian mansions and the high statue of Paul Bunyan. Today, Bangor's economy is based on services and retail, healthcare, and education.Founded as Condeskeag Plantation, Bangor was incorporated as a New England town in 1791, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. There are more than 20 communities worldwide named Bangor, of which 15 are in the United States and named after Bangor, Maine by settlers in other areas. The reason for the choice of name is disputed but it was likely either from the eponymous Welsh hymn or from either of two places of that name in the British Isles: Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, and Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, from where many immigrants traveled to the United States. The final syllable is pronounced gor, not ger. In 2015, local public officials, journalists, doctors, policemen, photographers, restaurateurs, TV personalities and Grammy-winning composers came together to record the YouTube video How To Say Bangor. Plan the details of your Bangor holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use United States journey maker.

Side trips from Bangor

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Mountain
Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Mount Battie Camden
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Shore Path Bar Harbor
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Park Loop Road Acadia National Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Bangor

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Architectural Building
Stephen King's House
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
the rock & art shop
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Cascade Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Children’s Museum
Maine Discovery Museum
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trails in Bangor

Biking Trail
Penobscot River Walkway
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Kenduskeag Stream Heritage Trail
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Casinos in Bangor

Casino
Hollywood Casino
2.4
Duration: 2 hours
Casino
Hollywood Raceway
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Bangor

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Military Museum
Bangor Historical Society and Thomas A. Hill House Museum
3.3
Duration: 30 minutes

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