Bangor (Maine)

Winter view of Bangor

Bangor is a small city of 30000 people in the Highlands region of Maine.


Incorporated as a town in 1791, it was sacked by the British during the War of 1812, was known for its strong anti-slavery stance in the Underground Railroad and US Civil War era and was heavily damaged by a 1911 fire. It is the closest town to Fort Knox State Historic Site, built from 1844-1869. As the first US landfall for arriving jetliners from Europe, its international airport is a welcome sight to pilots who want to throw drunkard passengers off inbound commercial flights. Its cultural facilities, including the University of Maine, rival much larger cities. As the home of author Stephen King, it appears often in fictional works, but travellers can be assured that as the city is relatively safe and peaceful they will not be eaten by mutant zombies.

Get in

By air

By bus

Get around

Downtown Bangor and the waterfront is easily explored by foot; the nearby Pickering Square parking garage offers the first two hours for free. Traveling to sites outside of downtown will require a car.


Lower Main Street


Paul Bunyon statue

Festivals and events





Unless you want to stay downtown, the "better cheap hotels" are concentrated in the "Odlin Road" area, which is near I-95 and the airport.

Go next

Routes through Bangor

Houlton Orono  N  S  Fairfield Augusta
St. Johnsbury Skowhegan  W  E  Orono Houlton
Augusta China  W  E  END
Jackman Monson ← Jct S  N  S  Bucksport Stonington

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