Once upon a time, the buzz of a saw was the soundtrack of central Maine. More than 300 sawmills dotted the landscape in Bangor, and the hum of logs being cut into lumber echoed throughout town. These days, you won’t find a bevy of mills in this charming community, but the legacy of the industry remains. Stately mansions still line many neighborhoods, and a museum pays homage to the logging days of yore. On Main Street, a towering statue of Paul Bunyan is a daily reminder that lumberjacks built the community. Another acclaimed figure of stature, famed author Stephen King, calls Bangor home, and draws inspiration for his bestsellers here—so break out your favorite paperback thriller and try to spot the places where significant scenes were born. Book Bangor hotels on Travelocity now, and your vacation to the northeast is underway.
Once you figure out where to stay in Bangor, the next step is designing an itinerary. It’s not hard, wise wanderer. From history to leafy canopies of emerald green, your exploration of Maine will titillate your senses and reignite your love of adventure. Begin with an appetizer for your mind at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, then move on to the main course: The University of Maine Museum of Art. Even the briefest encounter with the creative works stored within this space will get your own artistic inclinations flowing.
When you’re ready to stretch your legs, the serenity of Mount Hope Garden Cemetery (the second-oldest garden cemetery in the nation) beckons. Hop in your rental car and head south to Acadia National Park if you aim to do more than stretch. The park has 47,000 acres fit for hiking, daydreaming, and biking near the rocky shores. Back in Bangor, if you fancy a stroll along the river, the Penobscot River Walkway scenic waterfront is the ideal venue for a relaxing walk and the examination of public art. In the evening, check out a show at the Penobscot Theatre Company.
Bangor is considered something of a foodie’s dream, plating diverse ethnic cuisines and an abundance of fresh local offerings. The kitchens downtown are always bustling, especially around West Market Square, where you can listen to free music while you dine during the summer.Given its location, you won’t be floored to learn that Maine’s ceiling for fresh seafood doesn’t seem to exist. Shimmy up to a table in full bib attire and dig into lobster or steamed clams. Also on the menu in Bangor are savory items like Gaucho-style rack of lamb and chicken saag. When it’s time for dessert, look for treats with wild Maine blueberries.
Tie on your hiking boots and lobster bib, wise wanderer. Bangor is waiting to feed your soul and your stomach. Book cheap hotels in Bangor on Travelocity right now, and you’re guaranteed the best deal. With your room reserved and a healthy appetite for adventure (and buttered crab legs), you’re ready to begin the getaway of a lifetime.