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Mount Washington Auto Road

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Address: Rte 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone Number: 603 466 3988
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Description: Since 1861, a spectacular, steep eight-mile scenic road that leads to the...
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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6288 feet of WOW!!

Did NOT drive up the Auto Road, but took a "coach". View is mostly fantastic to spectacular. Starting at "Valley" level and going up through the trees to tree-line, and then up to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Derry, New Hampshire
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Derry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Did NOT drive up the Auto Road, but took a "coach". View is mostly fantastic to spectacular. Starting at "Valley" level and going up through the trees to tree-line, and then up to "above" tree-line is a most invigorating and inspiring trip. One can imaginr how much "work" it took to build this road, WAY BACK when it was first... More 

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Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I love this drive, and the time spent at the top! Sunny, snowy, cloudy, windy,... It's always great fun.

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you are a courageous daredevil you will love this road. 8 mile road, 6333 feet up into the clouds. Amazing view. We got to scared at the 6 mile, 5000 ft mark and turned around and came back down. Lots of places to change your mind and head back. People who work there and make it to the top,... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

2 years ago we took the Cog Railway up the Mt Washington. This time because the weather was so beautiful we did the Auto Road. We had so much fun. You can drive in your own car. They give you a DVD that tells you about Mt. Washington. There are areas you can pull over to see scenic views and... More 

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Kemblesville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend that you take the van or the railroad to the top. The roads are very narrow with no guardrails. About a mile of the road is not paved. The view from the top of the mountain is amazing and definitely worth the trip to the top!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Little scary, but the experience was awesome. If you drive you can make stops to take pictures and relieve your stress a little bit.

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Bantam, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Mt. Washington drive had great views. The CD they give you tells the history of the road which helps understand what they encountered while building it.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A wonderful trip up a narrow (in a lot of places) road. Many places to pull over on the way up to take in the views. The rain came and went as we climbed and close to the top, we were in the clouds with about 70 feet visibility at most. Yet the experience was wonderful and I can't wait... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This was a great adventure. I did not expect the road to be so thin. It had breathtaking views. Make sure your brakes are in great working order! A must see. At the top there is a lot of information about the mountain and it's rich history. Definitely check out the information they offer.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Do NOT miss this attraction. The drive up the mountain is thrilling and the views are postcard-worthy! I do it at least once a year, it's that good. It's great for couples, families, friends, adventure-seekers, hikers, etc.. In the summer, look for the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and try to chat them up for a great story!

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