The 12.2 km (7.6 mi) Mt. Washington Auto Road takes you to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak. Take a guided tour, or drive on your own. If you choose the latter, pick up an audio CD from the ticket office to accompany your drive with information about the geography, history, and lore of the mountain. As you ascend, each turn reveals breathtaking views of the Presidential Range. Your ticket for the road also includes admission to the summit's Extreme Mount Washington experience at the observatory, where you can learn about the mountain's winter. Be aware that the auto road is narrow and winding and doesn’t have guardrails. Nervous drivers should opt for the tour. Use our Gorham trip planning website to add Mt. Washington Auto Road and other attractions to your Gorham vacation plans.
Mt. Washington Auto Road reviews
We headed up this road the first day it opened for the season. PLEASE heed the information at the bottom -- if you're not into heights, this could really stress you out. Also - the temperature drop... more »
The drive up and down is definitely worth it. But, it is scary, to say the least. Long narrow stretched, and no guard rails... blind spots around curves. But, once at the top, worth it for the views. more »
Keep the gears low both up and down the road. You'll do fine. Check summit weather before driving up to bring appropriate clothing. You're experience will differ greatly depending on how things are up there. We were very fortunate to drive up on a mid October day, and it was warm and sunny at the top with little wind and excellent visibility for probably 100 miles or more. UPDATE: Drove up for the second time this last weekend. What a different experience. This time there were broken clouds. It was one of the most beautiful and otherworldly feelings driving up this time around. The blue sky with the fast moving clouds sweeping across the road literally made it a little disorienting driving. The first time was perfectly clear, so you had the horizon and surrounding landscape as your reference point, but when you're just surrounded by clouds and sky, you really loose your reference on what's down and up and it feels a little like you're just floating through the sky. Keep your eyes on the road! Don't be distracted by the unbelievable sights around you.
We went to the Great Glen Trails Tubing and it was really great! No pun intended. Roger, the tubing attendant, was really nice and helpful. Super friendly guy. Highly recommend if you have kiddos and want to have fun without breaking the bank!
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