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Address: Rte 16, Pinkham Notch, PO Box 278, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone Number: 603 466 3988
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Activities: Driving
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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Had to to do it but a definite test of nerves

Other than a little road work, and trucks with dualies, it was a fun drive. We arrived early and traffic was nonexistent on the way up. Going down was worse. It didn't help that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Other than a little road work, and trucks with dualies, it was a fun drive. We arrived early and traffic was nonexistent on the way up. Going down was worse. It didn't help that there were clouds shrouding the peak.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Unbelievable drive to the top and back! Some parts of the road might seem a little narrow, but enough room for 2 cars to pass. Drive it yourself for optimum enjoyment. Once you get to around the halfway point the trees start to get smaller. You can look out your window and it's like WOW that' a looong WAY DOWN!!!!!... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were advised against this by the gate person because of the low visability, but we were only in town one day, so we headed up the mountain to see what it looked like. The top was in a cloud, but it was pretty magical. The views on the way up and down were still definitely worth the trip. I... More 

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Manhattan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

As you drive up the road you go through several very different environments ranging from hardwood forest to pine forest to scrub pine to rocks and moss at the summit which is above the tree line. There is a museum, gift shop and (very mediocre) restaurant at the top, There is two way traffic, no guard rails and very steep... More 

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Brasov, Romania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

it was a nice day and the road was good.. we enjoyed the landscapes very much.. the road is nott hat hard as they say.. but you do have to take some breaks for the engine/tires to cool off

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Naples, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was beautiful until we couldn't see anymore! We could see the clouds starting to get closer as we made our way up the mountain and then we were enveloped by them. That was scary and I was doing some praying. It was almost a waste to even get out at the summit because you couldn't see 5ft in front... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We arrived at the base of Mt Washington in the early afternoon, and felt SO lucky to make it on the last run of the day for the snow coach. No reservations are taken as conditions change throughout the day, and each trip accommodates a maximum of 9 passengers. After signing in we had time to eat our lunch, and... More 

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West Chester, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

One of the highlights of a family and friends visit to the White Mountains Area. You need to be a confident driver to make the trip up and down. Not much in way of guard rails....and there are significant drop-offs and the road is less than 2 lanes with no shoulders in some places..so you will need to take turns... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Ok, the road is really scary, very narrow and from the passenger seat you look out your window and you cannot see the road, just mountains and that its a long way down. At the top was astonishing views, and the strongest winds ever recorded were recorded there. The drive back down we had to stop on the edge as... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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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