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.