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Introducing Bangor

Bangor is inland Maine’s commercial and cultural center that was once the lumber capital of the world. Its Main St is lined with sleepy antique shops and wood-paneled taverns, while the elegant Victorians along West Broadway attest to its former timber wealth in the 1800s. Only a handful of tourists make it to this largely working-class town, which may be reason enough to visit if you’re coming from Bar Harbor. Among the attractions: a giant statue of Paul Bunyan (reputedly a native son), a few curious museums and periodic ghostly walking tours – an appropriate activity in the hometown of Stephen King. Look for the author’s spooky mansion – complete with a bat-and-cobweb fence – along West Broadway.

The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce (207-947-0307; www.bangorregion.com; 519 Main St, Bangor; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri) is next to the 31ft statue of Paul Bunyan.