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Mount Washington Auto Road

Address: Rte 16, Pinkham Notch, PO Box 278, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone Number: 603 466 3988
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Gorham
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
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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.
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Did this with ease and all you have to do is use caution and don't let your mind freak you out. There are no guard rails and the road can be narrow but if you get there early nobody else is going down so you have the road to yourself. Use caution and do this route. Although the cog rail... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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260 reviews 260 reviews
213 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Mount Washington, and the infamous auto-road. The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. The auto-road is located off Route 16 in Pinkham Notch to the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains of the US state of New Hampshire. Our last trip was while viewing New England foliage in late September of 2012. A... More

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Felton, California
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228 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Well, I have driven some scary mountain roads, especially in CO, but for some reason was one the most harrowing. Great views along way and a nice experience when you reach the top. There a few sections that really require your careful attention, notably the gravel, bumpy section. But overall, a fun trip that we really enjoyed. The CD they... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

First wanted to hike up mount Jefferson. But due to the weather, cold and rainy in August, we just couldn't. The missis tried convincing me then that we should do the cog railway. After doing a bit of financial mathematics (multiply 4 X ticket cost), I decided to drive around to the other side and do the auto road instead.... More

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New York City
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Let's cut to the chase. This is a steep, narrow, mostly paved, barely 2-lane, 8-mile winding mountain toll road with spectacular views and ever-changing weather along the way. If you suffer from acrophobia or white-knuckle driving up and down the sometimes very steep grades in lowest gear over sometimes rutted dirt, keeping close to the unprotected edge, or if your... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My husband and I really debated about whether to do this drive or take the train to the top of Mt. Washington. The reviews about the road made me really nervous because I don't like heights and mountain roads without guardrails make me very nervous. But he talked me into doing the drive. We're so glad that we did it!... More

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london
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Great views unfortunately we could not submit due to weather conditions. We experienced snow whilst half way up. There was an interesting CD provided, which gave an insight into the history of the area.

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Canton, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

My husband and I visited the Mount Washington Auto Road while on a New England vacation. The road, built in 1850s, is barely wide enough for two cars to pass. At the bottom it travels through a typical New England forest of mixed hardwoods and pine which soon gives way to all pines. As you continue up the pines become... More

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Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Loved the views, wish those going downhill would have respected the instructions and yielded to those coming up on the cliff sides. More signs won't make ignorant people respectful but maybe reminders on the way Down the hill as leaving he parking area may have been more effective.

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Abilene, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The auto road was wonderful. It was fairly crowded, but the museum at the top and the views on the way up and down were breath taking. Visibility at the top is very low 60% of the time because of the weather, but definitely worth it. They give you the information on how to keep your vehicle from overheating, and... More

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