The University of Maine is located in Orono, 10 miles north of Bangor. To the south is the rugged coastline of Downeast Maine, to the north the spectacular North Maine Woods.
The University offers many cultural activities including the recently renovated Collins Center for the Arts and the Hudson Museum. It also offers a state-of-the-art Student Recreation and Fitness Center and Maine Bound Adventure Center. In downtown Orono, numerous pubs, restaurants and specialty shops serve this University-oriented population.
Located in the heart of central Maine, Bangor serves as the commercial and economic hub for Downeast and Central Maine. This modern city features an international airport, and a thriving retail industry with most national retail names. Cultural activities include the Penobscot Theatre Company and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the nation's oldest continual orchestra. The University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) is also located in downtown Bangor.
And what about Maine?
Maine is beautiful at any time of year, and there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the spectacular scenery. It doesn't matter whether you're a hiker, biker, kayaker, canoeist, mountain climber, ice climber, camper, skier, snowboarder, or sailor, Maine has something to offer.
To our north, you can link up with Appalachian Trail, hike Maine's tallest peak (Mount Katahdin) or explore the wonder of Baxter State Park. Head west for some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding on the East Coast at Sunday River and Sugarloaf resorts.
To our east, all roads lead to the Atlantic Ocean, and we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Acadia National Park with its hiking, biking and walking trails. And if you head south, you'll find even more sandy beaches. And no matter which direction you travel, you're bound to bump into one of Maine's 6,000 lakes before too long.