Located at the terminus of Penobscot Bay, Bangor itself is a city of contradictions. You find a hustling downtown packed with boutique shopping and niche dining bordered by walking trails and parks where the sounds of the city disappear and wildlife thrives. Just off I-95, you have easy access to national retailers and accommodations, but with views that make you forget you are in Maine’s third largest city.

Bangor is surrounded by the best that Maine has to offer. Because of its central location within the state, Bangor is the gateway to the pristine Northern Maine wilderness, the rock-bound coast, and lush, green agricultural lands.

Go beyond Bangor’s borders in any direction and you’ll experience the beauty of The Maine Highlands. North to Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin, in Baxter State Park; south to the rich farm lands of the Southern Piscataquis region; northwest to Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead, in Greenville; and east to the coast, where you can catch the sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.