The state's second-largest metropolitan area (Portland is the largest), Bangor is about 20 miles from the coast and is the unofficial capital of northern Maine. Back in the 19th century the most important product and export of the "Queen City" was lumber from the state's vast North Woods. Now, because of its airport, Bangor has become a gateway to Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Along the revitalized waterfront, the American Folk Festival draws big crowds on the last full weekend in August, and an outdoor stage attracts top bands and musicians throughout the summer.
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Staying over in Bangor on the way to Acadia National Park? Spend a night at Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway, a low-key but full-of-fun casino and hotel.
The whole family can enjoy an evening of bowling, pool, arcade games, pizza and more. Locals have been known to ring in the New Year playing here.
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Folklore hero Paul Bunyan represents Bangor’s 19th-century prosperity as a lumber port. A 31-foot statue of the bearded lumberjack is a popular attraction.
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