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Mount Washington Auto Road

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Address: 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone Number: 16034663988
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Terrifying and rewarding

So glad we didn't think too much about this before we ascended. The experience is great, but terrifying. Who in their right minds decided that we ought to keep continuing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
New York State
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New York State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So glad we didn't think too much about this before we ascended. The experience is great, but terrifying. Who in their right minds decided that we ought to keep continuing the "19th" century practical limitations on safe guard rails? The views are breathtaking, but you may find yourself praying to your Father in Heaven along the latter half of the... More 

Thank HappyUSAFamily
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the guided tour.....I would've been a wreck driving this on my own. There are sheer cliffs & drop offs with no guardrails, and the road is barely wide enough for 2 vehicles. If you are nervous, spend the $36/adult and take the tour to the top. We were lucky to have a clear, sunny day; it was 39... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We got the CD tour and did the drive. It was quite nice. The view is beautiful. Worth the trip. It's fun for the whole family.

1 Thank azndenva
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Breath taking views - fun for whole family. Dress in layers due to unpredictable weather. Head warning to stop and check breaks!

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An interesting drive. We arrived early and there weren't many on the road at that time. The audio CD was somewhat helpful and informative. Lots of things to see and visit at the top. Unfortunately, we had cloudy weather so we didn't get to experience the long range view. Caution required while driving although we have experienced worse out west... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on August 21, 2016, and it was very cloudy with high winds at the summit. We took a delightful 2-hour guided van tour. Our guide, Bill, was very knowledgable about Mt. Washington and the surrounding mountains. It was a shame that we couldn't see the 100-mile views from the summit, but we understand that Mother Nature has a... More 

Thank emmyschmemmy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are from the area, but this is a must see when friends come from a distance. Family friends from Virginia as well as our children equally enthralled with the tour up, the museum and sights from the top. Obviously more spectacular when the top is not actually buried in clouds, but Mother Nature is even more unpredictable up there!

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Jamison, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I come from Colorado and love mountains, thus my own bias. The experience is well worth the price, if you: 1) enjoy a thrill 2) have steady nerves driving 3) have a car of people of the same mind The road is as advertised, no guard rails, advice and guidance available and given at the gate and by CD on... More 

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portland, maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd like to give it more stars but really I've been to equally beautiful views with far less heart attack inducing drives. Will seriously hike the next time. I'm surprised there have only been 3 fatalities on this road. There seems so many chances that brakes will fail or a slight moment of inattention from you or a driver in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

OMG!! We are a family of four driving a Suburban. I am a fire fighter that drives very large vehicles in often very tight spaces. This place is an accident waiting to happen. No guardrails and multiple large SUVs passing each other within inches. Not to mention we are 4000-6000 ft. up. My wife cried uncontrollably half way up and... More 

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