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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 10 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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Canton, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The road is narrow and sometimes alarmed me, however its worth the trip up! The view was stunning and breath taking. I think the best way up is by car

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NEW WINDSOR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Not for the faint of heart, the 8 mile each way drive up and down the 6288 feet is FANTASTIC. Stopping along the way to enjoy the views made our trip so special We also me some great fellow travelers along the road. Experiencing a short visit above the tree line at a chilly 48 degrees was great. Their little... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The day we went was a very clear one so the views were spectacular. We were told, however, that it's not usually so clear. The summit was freezing and covered in ice, but well worth it. We took the guided tour because of our dislike for driving. I am so happy we did. Even with the guided tour there was... More

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Truro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

While we were in the North Conway area we took a guided tour up Mt Washington the 3rd week of September. What an incredible tour. It was awesome and scary at the same time. The road is very narrow and no guard rails. The view of course was breathtaking. The fall colors were not at their peak but were a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

make sure you have clear weather to have amazing scenic views . highly recommended to do it off season to avoid crowded traffic to the top of the mountain.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Road offers some breathtaking views on the way up to the summit. This drive is not for the faint of heart. The last few miles of the narrow winding road are on the edge of the mountain with no tree or guardrails it can be quite a thrill ride. If you have any doubts I would suggest taking the... More

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Carteret, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Drove up the 8 mile Auto road to the top of Mount Washington. The drive is thrilling & adventurous, its a little scary at some points but as long you read the instructions & the Listen to CD provided to you with the tickets you would be fine. The drive is very scenic with lot of spots to stop mid... More

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