PGD to BGR: Music, wildlife and a lumberjack’s hometown
Bangor, Maine is said to be where legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan is from. The city boasts a 31-foot-tall statue that is touted as the “tallest Paul Bunyan statue in the world.” Bunyan’s birth certificate is also on display in City Hall to prove he is a Bangor native.
While Paul Bunyan is a big appeal for Bangor visitors, this Maine destination is also full of beautiful outdoor sights. Furthermore, it offers a blossoming music and arts scene, and a little something for the horror fans out there.
The famous Mount Hope Cemetery has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. Mount Hope is the country’s second-largest garden cemetery which, true to its name, is full of lawns, trees, and ornate grave markers.
If you’re interested in hiking the trails, Bangor City Forest is nearly a 700-acre area full of scenic woodlands, plants and wildlife. You can visit year-round to explore more than 9 miles of trails. The trails can be used for walking, running, hiking and biking. During the colder months, you can also go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
If looking for some entertainment, Bangor’s Waterfront Park hosts an outdoor concert series in the Maine Savings Amphitheater featuring big names in today’s pop, rock and country.
Love Stephen King? The fictional town of Derry, Maine, is heavily inspired by King’s hometown — Bangor! Derry is mentioned in multiple King works, including IT, Bag of Bones and Insomnia. Hop on an SK Tours of Maine bus to sightsee places that have inspired the prolific horror novelist, as well as places the author has lived, worked and more.
Venture less than 50 miles to the famous Acadia National Park! The town of Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island, shares borders with the park and is a popular home base for those visiting the park.
What are you waiting for? Your adventure awaits!