Matador Network, the world's largest independent travel publisher, ranks Bangor among "the 24 coolest towns in the United States."
The magazine reported that towns chosen for this distinction were among those that travelers shared via Matador's travelstroke app as "places [that] capture our imagination beyond the ordinary."
Here's what Matador had to say about "Maine's Queen City": "From a somewhat empty downtown over the past few years, Bangor has emerged as a thriving cultural hub, an offbeat alternative to Portland. If you're into beer, Central Street Farmhouse is a great resource for brewing supplies. If you just want to drink it, head to Nocturnem. There are many talented musicians and a vibrant arts scene with the University of Maine's modern and contemporary art museum and Penobscot Theatre Company."
The magazine also provides an itinerary for "How to have the ultimate weekend in Maine" — with shoutouts to L.L.Bean and Wolfe's Neck State Park in Freeport, fly-fishing in the Royal River, paddleboarding in Casco Bay, cliff-jumping in Coos Canyon in Byron and climbing Tumbledown Mountain in Township 6.
The full list of the 2017 coolest towns in the U.S. can be found online here.
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