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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 #1 of 11 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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Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

After an exciting white-water paddle with the US Rafting Company in Maine, my friend Renate and I drove to Gorham then south on NH Route 16 to the eastern base of Mount Washington where we spent the night in my small SUV/RV. It was a chilly night but we came prepared and greeted the early morning sun reflecting off the... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

While staying in Jackson, NH recently, we traveled to the base of Mt. Washington, where we boarded the Snow Coach for a ride to tree line on Mt. Washington. The Snow Coaches run in the winter through March. Have been up by motorcycle in the summer twice and this was our second trip by Snow Coach. The view and experience... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Kind of a nail biting drive, but big fun. We loved visiting the Observatory at the top too. Gorgeous vistas. Great CD to listen to in the car.

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Whitefield, New Hampshire
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This was the fifth or sixth time I've been to the top of the mountain-- other times I hiked up through Tuckerman's or drove up on the auto road myself. The best way to go, however, is by van. It is not cheap but considering the wear and tear on your vehicle plus the need to be very attentive to... More

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The drive up the mountain was great your on the inside of the very tight two way road, the views are beautiful and there are various stop areas to take in the sights. The drive down however is a different story your on the outside of the small road and there are no guardrails so its very scary to look... More

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Cologne, Germany
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The view that one can see on the way and from the top - if the weather permits - are astonishing. One also passes several climate zones on the way to the top, so it's advisable to dress for colder temperatures up on the mountain. It's also quite windy up there, so beware. The road itself can be quite tricky... More

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This is definitely worth the visit because you get some amazing views from the top of Mount Washington. But it is pricey for the trip up. The roads were a little scary, especially when there was no guard rail to prevent you from sliding down the mountain. Takes a toll on your brakes so be aware. Would do it again... More

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Central Connecticut
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I nice trip to the highest point in the northeast. This is not for people scared of exposure, the road is narrow with drop offs. And listen to the road staff and use low gear coming down off the mountain, don't burn your brakes up by riding them driving down. I prefer to run up the auto road at the... More

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Tidewater Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The views are spectacular, but if you are driving you really can't enjoy them cause the road really requires your full attention. It is narrow with steep drop offs in places and nothing to stop you from going off in those places. I was afraid IU would not be able to drive myself down, due to the anxiety I had... More

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Halifax, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This was a fantastic experience. It had some great views on the way up but was unfortunately very cloudy on top that day. If you're afraid of heights you may not want to do this drive as it is very steep and narrow at times on the way up. There are no guardrails. If you are okay with this then... More

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