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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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Mount Washington Auto Road had incredible views the entire way to the top. If you do not like heights let someone else drive, take a tour van, or take the train. The kids loved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Hampden, Maine
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Hampden, Maine
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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Mount Washington Auto Road had incredible views the entire way to the top. If you do not like heights let someone else drive, take a tour van, or take the train. The kids loved it, got to explore in the learning center, and enjoyed lunch.

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Clarkston, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Went in September and lucked out with the weather. Apparantly, the day before it was closed in the morning due to ice. We headed out about 9am and it was sunny and blue skies. My husband drove while I took pictures and we had the CD going in the car. I was a little worried about my husband's car but... More 

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pa.
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you've read some of the 'scary' reviews let me give you some advice. If you want to experience the Auto-Road be there early when the road opens for the day. If you start early you don't have to worry about traffic coming down hill and you can drive in the middle of the SCARY parts of the road. When... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The snow coach is an awesome experience. Great guides explain as you travel the Mt. Washington auto road in the snow coach. You stop around 4200 ft, get out and walk around. The views and pictures are AMAZING, don't miss this ride.

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Evesham U.K
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We drove up the auto road in november and really enjoyed it, despite it being slightly terrifiying. It starts off nice, all tree lined roads plenty of space, then about two thirds of the way up we were covered in low lying cloud and could only see about 10 feet in front of the car. Im not sure whether this... More 

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London, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Took the Snow coach up above the tree line with the goal of snowshoeing back down. Although it was cloudy and snowing at times we had little wind and still had decent visibility. Above tree line we disembarked and snowshoed all the way down which was just over 4 miles. There were only the two of us and we thoroughly... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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