BangorUnited States of America

Walk through the historic streets of the home of horror writer Stephen King and discover heritage buildings, museums and a beautiful countryside.

The city of Bangor is one of Maine’s major cultural and historical sites. The Penobscot River runs through the municipality in the center of the state. Find many historic monuments in the middle of the city, where most buildings date back to the 19th century. The area surrounding the city is picturesque countryside with many lakes.

Bangor is home to horror writer Stephen King. It has been the setting of many of his novels, in particular that of It.

Visit the Bangor Public Library. It was established in 1830 with a collection of seven books. Explore the impressive structure and gaze up at the elegant dome in the ceiling.

See the Thomas Hill Standpipe, a large 19th-century metal tank that is the oldest standpipe in the region. Climb to the promenade deck to enjoy panoramic views of Bangor. The 50-foot (15-meter) standpipe can be seen from most of the city due to its height and elevated position.

Browse the eclectic art collection at the University of Maine Museum of Art with more than 3,800 works by artists such as David Hockney and Pablo Picasso. Established in 1946, the museum focuses on 20th-century American art.

Families will enjoy the largest children’s museum in the state, the Maine Discovery Museum. Take part in interactive activities that educate kids about science. There are also informative exhibits that teach children about art and music.

Inspect antiques at the Cole Land Transportation Museum. Learn about the progression from horses to trucks. The site is home to early tractors, snowmobiles and other historic vehicles.

Music festivals abound in Bangor. August features the Kahbang discovery celebration of music, film and arts. Later in the month, enjoy traditional music and dance performances as well as food and crafts at the American Folk Festival.

Fly into Bangor International Airport or reach the city by bus from other major cities in Maine. Within Bangor, get around using the inexpensive local bus service, The Bat. Consider renting a car to explore the surrounding area, including the scenic Baxter State Park.

Where to stay in Bangor

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Top Hotels in Bangor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn Bangor
Hampton Inn Bangor
2.5 out of 5
261 Haskell Rd, Bangor, ME
The price is $93 per night

Located in the heart of Bangor, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bangor Mall, Cascade Park, and Eastern Maine Medical Center. Cross Insurance Center and Darling's ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (895 reviews)

"We arrived during the virus pandemic when the hotel was only open for essential business. There was no breakfast being served. We were able to buy frozen breakfast sandwiches and heat them in the microwave. I’m sure that in normal times they would have done a great job with breakfast."…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Hampton Inn Bangor
Ramada by Wyndham Bangor
Ramada by Wyndham Bangor
2.5 out of 5
357 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $92 per night

Situated in Bangor, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Cole Land Transportation Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cross Insurance Center and Darling's Waterfront ...

3.4/5 (1,242 reviews)

"The staff here was on task! The rooms were clean and the reception desk (Angela) was simply amazing!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Bangor
Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport
Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport
3 out of 5
308 Godfrey Blvd, Bangor, ME
The price is $86 per night

Situated in Bangor, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Stephen King's House and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Husson University. Maine Discovery Museum and Darling's ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"Bed very comfortable, confusion finding the lobby, desk staff were friendly and kind."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport

Popular places to visit in Bangor

Stephen King's House
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Stephen King's House

4.5/5(134 reviews)

On one of Bangor’s most fancy streets, see the famous horror author’s home, marked by a spooky gate and gothic turrets.

Top things to do in Bangor

Glass Experience
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Glass Experience

$154
Per adult
Chauffeur driven tour
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Chauffeur driven tour

$92
Per adult

Reviews of Bangor

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

located in Central Maine and that's what was needed

5/5 - Excellent

Sorayda

Jan 9, 2020

I love Bangor, everyone at all stores seem so kind and friendly, me being a New Yorker..that doesn't come easy or frequently around my parts :) just sad my son is almost done with school and will no longer have a reason to head up that way.

3/5 - Okay

PR

Jan 5, 2020

I was there to visit an elderly parent on a holiday weekend, so I was not there as a tourist. I enjoyed my run and walk in the Bangor Forest, even though the Orono Bog Walk is closed for the winder.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Very friendly front desk staff

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 16, 2019

I love Bangor but it seems as time passes, more businesses are moving out of the area or stores are closing. It's not what it used to be, the mall really needs some stores ASAP.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 13, 2019

Bangor is a cute little city. The food selection is great.

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