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Mount Washington Auto Road

Rte 16, Pinkham Notch, PO Box 278, Gorham, NH 03581
603 466 3988
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Gorham
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Since 1861, a spectacular, steep eight-mile scenic road that leads to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Drive yourself... more » Owner description: Since 1861, a spectacular, steep eight-mile scenic road that leads to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Drive yourself or take a 2 hour guided tour in company vans. Mt. Washington State Park and the Mt Washington Observatory are at the summit. « less
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NE PA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The drive up this mountain is not for the faint of heart - i.e. Senior citizens!! It has horseshoe curves, no guard rails and is narrow. If you arrive early, you have the advantage of going up when no one is yet coming down!! It was a great experience - one that we will talk about for a very long... More

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York PA
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147 reviews 147 reviews
29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Actually took the van up the mountain instead of driving up there ourselves. So glad we didn't try it. Some seriously frightening ledges to drive next to with drop offs. I would recommend the auto tour. The driver is very knowledgeable and they give you an hour on the summit to explore. Fortunately, it was in the low 50s. They... More

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Toronto, Canada
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277 attraction reviews
426 helpful votes 426 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Yes, it can be hairy at times to drive up and down the mountain road but unless you have severe issues with heights and narrow roads you won't have a problem. There are plenty of pull outs to stop and relax along the road - drive at a pace you're comfortable with but please remember to let faster traffic get... More

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Wernersville PA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The auto road itself is a bit scary if you are afraid of heights, but so worth it to get o the top of Mount Washington! Most of it is well paved except for a section that is packed gravel. They give you a CD to listen to on your way up and it is very informative and enjoyable to... More

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Milton, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The fee for driving up Mt. Washington was a little pricey. I was surprised that they told us to pull over and read the instructions in the packet they gave us before we started up. They were very detailed about how to drive up and down without ruining your engine and/or your brakes. You know it is a serious situation... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

But a couple of warnings. First, statistically, you are unlikely to get a nice calm weather day with unrestricted views. We were very lucky that we did. Even if the weather is not so good, the adventure of driving this road is worth the trip which brings me to my second point. As others have said, do not ride your... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Driving up the auto road on Mount Washington is not for the people with weak hearts. Every turn gives you a different kind of challenge - but at the same time every time rewards you with a new kind of view. On your way up you quickly move up from tall trees to dwarf Alpine forests to somewhere above the... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This has gotten pretty pricey, but it is still a fun experience. If Brake Centers of America was smart, they'd put a franchise at the base of the mountain for everyone coming down!

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Drummondville, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It was a wonderful ride to the top of the world... scary a little bit but a place you don't want to miss.

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Montréal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The guide was very nice and tha van clean, we could not see from the top too foggy, but it was soecial ti feel the difference in the weather from the bottom to the top, 78 at the bottom, 32 at the top

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