Things to Do in Ogunquit

Ogunquit -- one of Maine’s most popular small towns -- packs a lot of charm into its colorful town center. Enjoy scenic coastal strolls, a world-class theater, nearby beaches and excellent seafood.

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Cole Land Transportation Museum
Cole Land Transportation Museum

Cole Land Transportation Museum

Transport geeks will find themselves close to mecca at Bangor's Cole Land Transportation Museum. This quirky ode to vehicles preserves the history of land transportation equipment in Maine. Take a look-see at the fascinating collection of relic snowplows, logging vehicles and antique fire trucks while gazing at photographs depicting historic Maine. There's even a nifty exhibit of farm equipment used throughout past decades. 960 1280

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Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

It's only appropriate to pay homage to the Grand Poobah of horror novelists, Stephen King, when visiting his hometown of Bangor. The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the "Tommyknockers and More Tour" -- a literary bus tour through town that features spots in Bangor connected to King's writings. 960 1280

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Maine Discovery Museum

Maine Discovery Museum

A visit to the Maine Discovery Museum is a must-do for tourists with tots. This kid-focused museum is Maine's largest museum, and features 3 floors of interactive exhibits and drop-in activities. Children come face-to-face with amazing creatures like geckos, stick bugs and turtles; explore the inner body by crawling through a giant intestine; and pump a heart to watch the circulatory system work. It's even possible to dig and identify fossils while learning about dinosaurs in Maine. 960 1280

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Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Set alongside -- you guessed it -- the waterfront, Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion is a scenic spot to catch a concert or settle in to watch a music festival. Music lovers will find that an array of artists perform on the stage at the Pavilion, including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Phish. Other major events held at the venue include a "Tap Into Summer" beer festival, as well as the annual American Folk Festival and the Kahbang Music, Art & Film Festival. 960 1280

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Orono Bog Boardwalk

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Bogs are little-heralded but very fascinating environments and Bangor's Orono Bog is no exception. This 600-acre bog is a haven for birdwatchers, and is home to dozens of species, including the double-crested cormorant, white-breasted nuthatch and ospreys. A 1-mile-long boardwalk winds through the bog, allowing visitors to admire the setting while keeping an eye out for wildlife and plant species. 960 1280

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Bangor City Forest

Bangor City Forest

Explore the great outdoors in Bangor City Forest, a 650-acre spread that includes nearly 10 miles of trails ideal for cross-country skiing, running, snowshoeing, cycling and hiking. Most trails are family-friendly, like the Rabbit Trail or East Trail, but some are more difficult and require skills to maneuver around roots or rocks, like the Bear Trail or Grouse Trail. 960 1280

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Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

City slickers and country dwellers alike will find much to enjoy during Maine's annual Open Farm Day, when dozens of farms across the state open their doors to visitors. Try your hand at milking a cow; take a barn tour to see the inner workings of a farm; climb aboard a tractor for a hayride; pet cuddly sheep at a petting zoo; and purchase farm-grown products like beef and produce. 960 1280

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Bangor State Fair

Bangor State Fair

The Bangor State Fair -- the largest state fair in Maine -- promises 10 days of down-home food, fireworks, amusement rides and agricultural competitions like the oxen and steer show. If farm animals aren't your thing, stop by one of the other family-friendly competitions like the lobster roll eating contest or demolition derby. Plan to stay for the evening concert, which has included acts like Grammy Award-winner, John Fogerty. 960 1280

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Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Maine's second oldest cultural institution, the Bangor Historical Society, collects, preserves and interprets the state's storied history. Discover the stories of Civil War soldiers from Maine, or take a society-organized walking tour to discover the town's historic architecture. Other tours include a walk through the Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Bangor's legendary residents of days gone by, as well as a tour that commemorates the devastating Great Fire of 1911. 960 1280

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Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

One of Maine's -- and America's -- quirkier attractions, Bangor's 31-foot-tall, 3,700-lb. statue of Paul Bunyan wielding a double-sided axe pays homage to the mythical character who, as it?s rumored, was born here. Indeed, Bangor also claims to be the birthplace of the lumber industry, which was once the town's industry mainstay. Sure, Minnesota also claims to be Bunyan's hometown, but while in Bangor, why not pay your respects to the gentle lumber giant? 960 1280

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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

There’s something for everyone at Santa Monica Pier, including souvenir shops, carnival games, arcades, restaurants and a trapeze school. Don’t miss the free summer concerts on the pier or a fun ride on the 46-horse carousel or Ferris wheel. 960 1280

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

Spend an action-packed day with the family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore where blockbuster movies are made on a studio tour, and experience unique rides like Transformers: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy and the world’s largest 3-D experience, King Kong 360. We recommend the 3-block promenade, CityWalk, which includes more than 30 places to eat, 30 shops, 6 nightclubs and a 19-screen IMAX theater. 960 1280

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Disneyland

Disneyland

Thousands of people flock to Disneyland every year. Just 33 miles south of LA, this magical theme park features a seasonal FANTASMIC! Parade, the World of Color light-water show and opportunities for kids to dine with their favorite Disney characters. And you can’t forget the dozens of rides like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 960 1280

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The Getty Center

The Getty Center

Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Center to see its permanent collection of art that includes European and American history from medieval times to the present. Head outdoors to view contemporary and modern sculptures, or take a stroll through the Center’s Central Garden. This carefully manicured garden has a 134,000-square-foot design that is the centerpiece for the natural ravine and tree-lined walkway. 960 1280

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Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey

Tucked along the Pacific Coast, just south of Venice Beach, Marina del Rey is the perfect SoCal setting for a waterfront stroll or bike ride. The scenic marina is dotted with small yachts and watercraft. Visit Fisherman's Village, designed to resemble a New England seaport, where it's possible to organize sunset and dinner cruises around the harbor. 960 1280

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LA Farmers Market

LA Farmers Market

Opened in July 1934, the LA Farmers Market is a historic landmark and tourist attraction that features more than 100 restaurants, food stalls, grocers and tourist shops. This is the market for foodies in search of ethnic cuisines and specialty food markets. Looking for more places to shop? Well, you don’t have to go too far. Visit the Grove, a retail and entertainment complex located nearby. 960 1280

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

Visit one of the largest aquariums in the US, the Aquarium of the Pacific. Located in Long Beach, CA, this amazing aquarium is home to more than 11,000 ocean animals, representing nearly 500 species found in the Pacific Ocean. Watch marine life in action like West Coast Sea Nettles (pictured). 960 1280

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Page Museum

Page Museum

See more than 1 million ice age fossils from 650 species -- from a Columbian mammoth tusk to the tooth of a baby mouse -- at the Page Museum. Visitors can also watch paleontologists work on fossils right before their eyes in the Fishbowl Lab. The museum is dedicated to researching the La Brea Tar Pits and displaying the animals that died there. 960 1280

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Explore more than 111 years of history at LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visitors flock to this popular burial ground to pay homage to hundreds of Hollywood’s greatest stars like Rudolph Valentino, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Johnny Ramone and Douglass Fairbanks. 960 1280

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Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Head to Venice Beach. The beachfront neighborhood, located on the west-side region of LA County, is known for its canals, beaches and Ocean Front Walk, a 2-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune tellers, artists and vendors. 960 1280

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Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park

Hike, jog or just walk through the 160-acre Runyon Canyon Park, located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. In addition to celebrity sightings, this park is also known for having a liberal dog leash policy. It’s not uncommon to see dogs roaming around — with their owners, of course — off their leashes on 90 acres of the park. 960 1280

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Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Experience 100 years of Hollywood history and witness more in the making on a tour of the Paramount Pictures studio lot. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. This studio lot is where several TV shows are filmed, including Glee, Dr. Phil, Community and NCIS: Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Thousands of people converge on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- more than 2,500 stars embedded in the sidewalks. These brass stars bare the names of the famous actors, musicians, directors, and producers like Michael Jackson, Cate Blanchett and Gene Roddenberry. 960 1280

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Get the best views of LA and the stars at Griffith Observatory. Located 1,134 feet above sea level, the observatory is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin and it is one of southern California’s most popular attractions. It features the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, public telescopes and more! 960 1280

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

More than a million people visit the 20-acre Los Angeles County Museum of Art each year. This museum holds more than 120,000 works that span from ancient times to the present. This is a must-see stop for art lovers who appreciate Asian, Latin American, pre-Columbian and Islamic art. 960 1280

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Enjoy a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Lillian Disney made the initial donation of $50 million to build the venue as a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and to the city. Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American architect, designed the building. 960 1280

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

Shop till you drop in one of the most glamorous places in the US on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. More than 100 boutiques and hotels span 3 city blocks along this famous street. And while you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the Walk of Style, which features plaques embedded in the sidewalk with personal quotes and signatures from top designers including Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and Manolo Blahnik. 960 1280

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl officially opened on July 11, 1922. The “bowl” refers to the shape of the concave hillside where the amphitheater is located. Home to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the summer home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the amphitheater is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003. A larger one was added at the beginning of the 2004 season. Music lovers heading here by subway should hop off at the Hollywood & Highland station. 960 1280

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Cole Land Transportation Museum

Cole Land Transportation Museum

Transport geeks will find themselves close to mecca at Bangor's Cole Land Transportation Museum. This quirky ode to vehicles preserves the history of land transportation equipment in Maine. Take a look-see at the fascinating collection of relic snowplows, logging vehicles and antique fire trucks while gazing at photographs depicting historic Maine. There's even a nifty exhibit of farm equipment used throughout past decades. 960 1280

Cole Land Transportation Museum  

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

It's only appropriate to pay homage to the Grand Poobah of horror novelists, Stephen King, when visiting his hometown of Bangor. The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the "Tommyknockers and More Tour" -- a literary bus tour through town that features spots in Bangor connected to King's writings. 960 1280

Madeleine Holland  

Maine Discovery Museum

Maine Discovery Museum

A visit to the Maine Discovery Museum is a must-do for tourists with tots. This kid-focused museum is Maine's largest museum, and features 3 floors of interactive exhibits and drop-in activities. Children come face-to-face with amazing creatures like geckos, stick bugs and turtles; explore the inner body by crawling through a giant intestine; and pump a heart to watch the circulatory system work. It's even possible to dig and identify fossils while learning about dinosaurs in Maine. 960 1280

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Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Set alongside -- you guessed it -- the waterfront, Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion is a scenic spot to catch a concert or settle in to watch a music festival. Music lovers will find that an array of artists perform on the stage at the Pavilion, including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Phish. Other major events held at the venue include a "Tap Into Summer" beer festival, as well as the annual American Folk Festival and the Kahbang Music, Art & Film Festival. 960 1280

Jeff Kirlin, The Thing of the Moment Photography  

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Bogs are little-heralded but very fascinating environments and Bangor's Orono Bog is no exception. This 600-acre bog is a haven for birdwatchers, and is home to dozens of species, including the double-crested cormorant, white-breasted nuthatch and ospreys. A 1-mile-long boardwalk winds through the bog, allowing visitors to admire the setting while keeping an eye out for wildlife and plant species. 960 1280

Justin Henry  

Bangor City Forest

Bangor City Forest

Explore the great outdoors in Bangor City Forest, a 650-acre spread that includes nearly 10 miles of trails ideal for cross-country skiing, running, snowshoeing, cycling and hiking. Most trails are family-friendly, like the Rabbit Trail or East Trail, but some are more difficult and require skills to maneuver around roots or rocks, like the Bear Trail or Grouse Trail. 960 1280

Justin Henry  

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

City slickers and country dwellers alike will find much to enjoy during Maine's annual Open Farm Day, when dozens of farms across the state open their doors to visitors. Try your hand at milking a cow; take a barn tour to see the inner workings of a farm; climb aboard a tractor for a hayride; pet cuddly sheep at a petting zoo; and purchase farm-grown products like beef and produce. 960 1280

The Image Bank / Getty Images  

Bangor State Fair

Bangor State Fair

The Bangor State Fair -- the largest state fair in Maine -- promises 10 days of down-home food, fireworks, amusement rides and agricultural competitions like the oxen and steer show. If farm animals aren't your thing, stop by one of the other family-friendly competitions like the lobster roll eating contest or demolition derby. Plan to stay for the evening concert, which has included acts like Grammy Award-winner, John Fogerty. 960 1280

Alexandra Robert  

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Maine's second oldest cultural institution, the Bangor Historical Society, collects, preserves and interprets the state's storied history. Discover the stories of Civil War soldiers from Maine, or take a society-organized walking tour to discover the town's historic architecture. Other tours include a walk through the Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Bangor's legendary residents of days gone by, as well as a tour that commemorates the devastating Great Fire of 1911. 960 1280

Mount Hope Cemetery Corp.  

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

One of Maine's -- and America's -- quirkier attractions, Bangor's 31-foot-tall, 3,700-lb. statue of Paul Bunyan wielding a double-sided axe pays homage to the mythical character who, as it?s rumored, was born here. Indeed, Bangor also claims to be the birthplace of the lumber industry, which was once the town's industry mainstay. Sure, Minnesota also claims to be Bunyan's hometown, but while in Bangor, why not pay your respects to the gentle lumber giant? 960 1280

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