“Twilight Zone” creator and legendary screenwriter Rod Serling certainly left a big impression on pop culture. His hometown of Binghamton, New York, definitely made a big impression on him.

Greater Binghamton is Serling country, with reminders of the late great’s roots throughout.

Even casual fans of the “Twilight Zone” can appreciate a visit to Recreation Park, where the bandstand and antique carousel set the scene for one of the show’s most famous episodes. You can even ride the merry-go-round – one of six in the “Carousel Capital of the World” – Memorial through Labor Day, free of charge.

Harder-core show devotees might recognize Boscov’s Department Store and the Binghamton Bus Terminal as inspirations for other popular episodes.

Binghamton pays proper homage to the six-time Emmy winner at the Forum Theatre, where visitors can check out the “Day of a Playwright” exhibit. It even includes a “Good Penmanship” certificate from Serling’s school days.

True “Twilight Zone” enthusiasts are basically obligated to check out the Rod Serling Archive at the Bundy Museum of History and Art. A permanent exhibit fueled by the Serling vault includes rare memorabilia, props and personal items presented in a hands-on format.

Whether you stop by Serling’s high school or pass by his star on our “Walk of Fame,” this unofficial tour is a rare opportunity to follow such iconic footsteps in such an intimate setting.

“Everyone has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive makeup of a human being, there is a need for a place to hang a hat, or kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that’s familiar because that’s where you grew up.

When I dig back through my memory cells, I get one particularly distinctive feeling and that’s one of warmth, comfort and well-being. For whatever else I may have had, or lost, or will find, I’ve still got a hometown. This, nobody’s gonna take away from me.”

– Rod Serling