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The Mount Washington Cog Railway
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Full-Day Trip to Mount Washington from Boston
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Owner description: Climb to the top of Mount Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway trains!
North, VA
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“Don't Miss”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Fabulous experience. The views are fabulous. Don't buy your ticket in advance - particularly if you are going during off season. We timed our visit by staying a couple of extra days elsewhere so that we could have a clear day. Would suggest you ride up on the right and back on the left. Dress warmly since it is very cold and windy at the top.

Visited October 2012
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“Making the most of your visit to the Cog Railway”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

For many visitors to the White Mountains, a trip on the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington is a must-do. The railway is expensive, so here's some advice on how to make the trip worthwhile.

- The old steam train only makes an ascent once a day, at most. I was told this is usually the 8.30am ascent, with the rest being run by diesel engines. If you want an authentic steam experience (complete with noise, smoke and soot!), then plan well ahead of time.

- If the weather isn't good (snow, ice, or heavy winds or rain) check that the train will make the full ascent to the summit of the mountain. Often, the trains stop 3/4 of the way up because the summit is dangerous.

- ABSOLUTELY BOOK ONLINE OR BY PHONE AHEAD OF TIME. I saw a lot of people being turned away or having to wait for hours.

- Getting a good seat isn't hard - the views are spectacular everywhere.

- Bring heavy clothes for the top - the temperature change is amazing!

- Don't plan on spending much time at the museum - it's small and takes less than 15 minutes to see everything.

- It can cost well over $200 for a family of four to make this trip. Make sure you love trains!

Visited October 2012
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Agawam, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic Experience!”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

The Cog Railway is a great experience and a wonderful mode of transportation to reach the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 ft. It was interesting to learn the history of the railway as it opened on July 3, 1869, took 3 years to build and is the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world. The cog locomotive pushes the coach up the moutain. There is a cog rail in the center of the tracks that allows the trains to go up the steeper grades and the coaches have their own separate braking system and can actually come down the mountain by themselves so be assured that this is safe.

A native of New England and having hiked many mountains, the last trip up Mt. Washington was hiking the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the Lake of the Clouds Hut and then the summit of the mountain. Although that experience was very rewarding after five hours of hiking, the 30 minute trip via the Cog Railway was a "breeze."

The temperature at the bottom of the mountain was in the mid-70's and the top of Mt. Washington was 35 degrees with 45 mph winds. Please dress accordingly for a comfortable trip. My recommendation is to buy tickets the day you wish to go to be sure the weather is good and that you have great visuals of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The weather can turn in a minute so would recommend viewing the forecast for the day. This particular trip was the unusual beautiful fall day without a cloud in the sky and a clear vision of all "the Whites." I also recommend sitting on the right side on the way up (views of Lake of the Clouds Hut and Mountains Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, Clinton, Jackson and Webster. Sit on the left side on the way down in order to view Burt's ravine and Mountains Clay, Jefferson and Adams group to the north. The last seat in the back on the way down afforded beautiful views of the mountains as well as the tracks as we decended the mountain.

We stayed at the summit approximately one hour and walked to the actual "summit" for photos. We then hiked to the different trailheads, the Lizzie Bourne monument (erected for the 1st woman to perish while hiking the mountain in 1855), the visitor's center and museum.

There is so much to learn here and The Cog Museum at the base station has more information and a video.

Visited September 2012
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Imperial
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“Sites I will never forget”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

What a neat trip. We went with a group from our resort. Spent a good portion of the day. Road the Railway up Mount Washington and as we did received a fantastic education from the guides, including history of the weather on the mountain, the building of the Railway and the views from the mountain top. We had a meal at the top of the mountain and really enjoyed ourselves. Worth the time and fee if you enjoy God's creation and respect the power for Nature.

Visited November 2011
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Chicago
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“A $72 dollar hat!!!”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Okay at the bottom, but by the time we got to the top you could not see your hand in front of your face. The store at the top sells you whatever you forgot to bring- like that guy who sells umbrellas on the subway on rainy days. I needed a hat because at 35 mph winds and fog it is really just raining sideways. We asked the Ranger at the top (not part of Cog Railway) if it was really 1/16 of a mile visibility as on his chart. He said probably less right now, but that it was beautiful some days, then added "of course it is like this 250 days a year". So go figure your chances of doing better than my $62 dollar ticket and $10 dollar hat.

For all my crying, and trying to set you straight on the odds that the Cog will not tell you, we were really glad we went. If you have only one chance, go rain or shine. Not sure why, kind of like a blind man feeling an elephant, you cannot see it, but you feel it and you know it is AWESOME.

Visited October 2012
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