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Bangor

3.8
Monuments · Casinos · Specialty Museums
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.
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Cole Land Transportation Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Cole Land Transportation Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Mount Hope Garden Cemetery ©
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Mount Hope Garden Cemetery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Paul Bunyan Statue ©
Monument
Paul Bunyan Statue
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Bangor City Forest ©
Biking Trail
Bangor City Forest
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Bangor

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

Hidden gems in Bangor

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

Trails in Bangor

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

Casinos in Bangor

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

Museums in Bangor

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

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