There’s plenty to see and do in and around the Bangor region.
You’ll find our visitor information kiosk next to the baggage claim area on the first floor of the domestic terminal. There you will find brochures and guidebooks for many businesses and attractions that are a scenic drive away from BGR.
If you’re looking for conveniently located lodging, the Bangor Aviator is right here at the airport and offers discounted parking and bellhop service to and from the terminal via a connecting walkway. Click here for a list of other lodging options in the Bangor area.
The Maine Office of Tourism has defined eight distinct and equally beautiful regions of the state. Maine has something for everyone! Wherever you go in Maine, we’re confident you will have a wonderful time.
Aroostook County is Maine’s northernmost region and the largest county in the state, bordering the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada. “The County” is certainly big enough for all your outdoor adventuring. In fact, it’s the largest county in any state east of the Mississippi. And as if the 112-mile-long Aroostook River isn’t enough, it is also home to the epic 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Click here for more details about visiting Aroostook County.
The Kennebec Valley region is the widest north-south stretch of any Maine region, stretching all the way from the Maine state capital of Augusta to the border of the Canadian province of Quebec. The many lakes of the Kennebec Valley offer exceptional fishing and the Kennebec River is well-loved for wild trout fishing. And the hiking, biking, camping, hunting, bird watching – there’s even a moose safari – are all world-class as well. Click here for more details about visiting Kennebec Valley.
The Maine Highlands
For sheer natural beauty, The Maine Highlands could be the center of the universe. Which makes perfect sense. Because it’s in the center of Maine, a region that’s home to legendary Katahdin, stunning Moosehead Lake and the great city of Bangor – and a level of adventure, discovery and serenity you’ll encounter nowhere else. The Highlands is home to Maine’s flagship and grant university, the University of Maine in Orono.
The Maine Highlands are home to more than 200 waterfalls, countless miles of hiking trails, great hunting, and some of the best snowmobiling trails anywhere. This region is also one of the best places to see moose, too! A moose tour is an excellent way to experience these massive (and let’s face it, goofy-looking) creatures).
Outdoor adventures are plentiful. You can also visit the crash site of a United States Air Force Boeing B-52C Stratofortress – a legacy of the Cold War. How about incredible star gazing? The Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument has been designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, one of only 13 in the world. Explore the land, experience the culture, and find a new adventure on the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway. Click here for more details about visiting The Maine Highlands.
Down East & Acadia
The term “Down East” refers to the eastern coastal region of the State that covers Washington County and Hancock County. The Down East & Acadia Region is famous for its rocky shoreline, scenic harbors and mountains-to-the sea views. This area is home to Acadia National Park, the most frequently visited location in Maine.
The first rays of dawn to touch the United States do so on the face of the West Quoddy Head Light in the Down East village of Lubec. From there, a world of intense natural beauty comes alive in a union of ocean, coastline and inland wonders that quicken the heart and stir the soul. Click here for more details about visiting the Down East & Acadia region.
Midcoast & Islands
Maine’s Midcoast Region stretches from Bath/Brunswick (26 miles north of Portland), along the coast northeast to Searsport on Penobscot Bay and includes the beautiful coastal Maine towns in-between. Monhegan, Bailey, Orrs, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven – each island has its unique charms. Rent a bike or kayak to explore Vinalhaven, one of Maine’s largest islands, or visit the lighthouse and grab a bite to eat in the village on Monhegan.
Tucked within the Maine coastline are picturesque villages that bloom to vibrant waterfronts where Maine’s foodie scene continues to flourish. Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Wiscasset, Brunswick, Bath, Damariscotta. Whichever Maine coastal village you’re visiting, the choices of cuisine are as endless as the coastal views. Click here for more details about visiting the Midcoast & Islands.