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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, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Since 1861, a spectacular, steep eight-mile scenic road that leads to the top of Mount Washington...
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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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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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