Washington County (Maine)
Washington County is a large sparsely populated area in the Down East region of Maine lying just east (or "downeast" in sailing terms) of the states mainstream travel destinations and for most visitors that's the point. Visitors to "the Sunrise County" have the opportunity to enjoy rivers, lakes, coastal waters, beaches, and trails away from touristy crowds and possibly to have them all to themselves. Most weekends in the summer there is a festival going on in one town or another. There are a number of lighthouses to visit as well as state parks, historic sites, museums, wildlife refuges, and public lands. Lobster is often bought right off the pier and from mid to late summer fresh wild blueberries are in season.
Washington County can be divided into two regions: the coast and the interior. Most of the population lives in coastal towns more or less along US 1. Fishing and blueberries are the primary resource industries here. The interior is made up mostly of unorganized territories except for a few villages along the northern part of US 1 and the two east-west state roads that cut across the interior. Much of the interior is privately owned and managed for timber resources and the county's largest single employer operates a pulp mill here.
Towns and Cities
There is no public transportation so unless you are planning to enjoy a specific destination while you are visiting -like canoeing one of the rivers, kayaking the island trail, fishing the grand lakes, or biking the multi-use trial system- a vehicle is a necessity for getting around Washington county. It's a big area with many things to experience and you'll find even from a central location like Machias that things on your to-do list require a 15-30 min car ride. The good new is there isn't much traffic!