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There’s a Stephen King Tour in Maine That Takes You to the Real Life Derry

If you’re a Stephen King fan, you NEED to add this to your bucket list.

Unless you’ve been living under a sewer grate, you’re aware that Maine is the single most important location in Stephen King‘s work; not only has King spent much of his life there and drawn lots of inspiration from it, but many of his stories are also set in Maine.

Of particular note, the town of Bangor is the real-life version of the fictional Derry, where the events of IT take place. And Bangor is where you’ll find the world’s only Stephen King Tour, which takes fans in and around Bangor to places that King has lived and worked, places that have inspired his stories, and actual film locations from his movies.

Each tour is hosted by Stuart Tinker, one of the leading experts on King Lore and legend. His tours run 3-hours long, stopping off at a whopping 30 locations!

From the tour’s official website…

“We can take up to 6 passengers in a comfortable, air-conditioned Chrysler Town & Country van, or up to 11 in our new Ford E350 Van. Some of the places from IT that you will visit are The Barrens, The Standpipe and Birdbath, the cemetery where Pet Sematary was actually filmed, places that Stephen King lived including his current residence and many more! We do 2 tours per day, the first usually starts at 9:00 am (but can start at 8:00 or earlier) and the second starts at 2:00 pm. (except in the winter when we need to start no later than 12:00 noon so we don’t finish in the dark)! We pick up and deliver at all the hotels in the Greater Bangor area.”

The price of the tour is $45.00 per person (children 12 and under are free), and you can book your own tour and/or learn more over on the Stephen King Tours website.



  • To set the record straight, all the filming locations for IT were filmed in Vancouver Canada. I know because I visited them all.

  • ky

    I understood what it meant when it said “the town of Bangor is the real-life version of the fictional Derry, where the events of IT take place”. I would much rather visit the place that produced the story, versus where Hollywood decided to film. Though to be fair, I would most definitely visit both, if given the chance. Now to be clear, are you referencing the IT film (2017) or the series (1990)?

  • Cee Dee

    I went on this tour in June and it was absolutely amazing! We had such a blast and I really wish I lived close enough to go again.

  • Right Is Right

    I met Stu (and his wife Penny) in 1992 while visiting Maine, and he provided an awesome map for us to visit these sights on our own. Glad to see he’s finally making some coin off his knowledge.

  • Papa_spoosh

    This tour is awesome. The Muscheuttis took this tour prior to filming and there’s a couple of shots included in the new movie.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Went to this 2 years ago. The tour was very, very informative. The guide takes you around in his own minivan and will go through the complete history of King and all his works. Stu is the absolute sweetest guy and my wife even added him on her Facebook, afterwards. Coming from NY, the cultural difference in Maine was so shocking. I was taken aback by how slow everything is up there. Also, all that space.

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