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“Fantastic views and lots of history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Mount Washington Cog Railway

The Mount Washington Cog Railway
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Owner description: Climb to the top of Mount Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway trains!
Holden, ME
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Fantastic views and lots of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

We had the good fortune of being able to ride the cog railway on its' season opening day in May. The ride is obviously popular since every seat was filled - to the point where the brakeman/tour guide had to give up his usual seat to accommodate all the passengers. Luckily for us, he was gracious enough to allow us the "front seat" on the way up the mountain - I would highly recommend this as the best seat in the house. The weather was cloudy and we weren't sure what to expect since up top since we could see snow. The railway runs no matter what the weather is - and rightfully so since the weather changes by the minute and is part of the fun of the ride.

The ride was about 40 minutes to the top and the information that the brakeman had was fascinating. The whole railway is fascinating, but the highlight for me was the portion known as "Jacob's Ladder" - words cannot describe the amazing engineering that went into the entire railway, but especially the portion that is the Ladder.

Once up at the summit, we were treated to a great show in terms of the weather that blew in, and then just a rapidly blew out - which meant that we had spectacular views followed by thick clouds that gave us the feeling that we were completely engulfed in clouds. The people who spend the winter working at the Mt. Washington Observatory are singularly tough individuals.

I would highly recommend this for anyone who is either a train-fan, a history buff or a weather geek who doesn't have issues with vertigo. (The kids who were on this ride seemed to have a great time.)

Visited May 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“You never know what you're going to get!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is one of my favorite places in New England. If you like something unique, this is it. For steam train lovers go early for the first train of the day, that is the one powered by the antique steam locomotive. It was a beautiful summer day at the base when we left, and a raging winter storm at the summit when we arrived, WOW! I was able to stand at a 45* angle and not fall over due to the 50mph wind. It was great...

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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“So good so bad”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

The views are amazing the prices are high and you only get a hour once you are at the top of mt Washington

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Will C
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Watkinsville, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic Fun!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

My family really enjoyed the train...but my favorite part was being at the top of Mt. Washington. Stunning scenery and a lodge full of history. My only complaint is there wasn't enough time to fully enjoy all that was up there before it was time to depart down the mountain. All in all though definitely worth it.

Visited October 2013
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Groton, Connecticut
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“Wonderful Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

I have gone up Mount Washington before, but never by train. This is a must do for anyone that enjoys trains. My husband likes train so I put a trip together to go up Mount Washington by the Cog Railway for our Anniversary. Even though it was a clear day down at the bottom of the mountain, the top was very foggy. It was still a cool experience, nonetheless and we still got some great photos taken leading up to the top before we hit the fog. Quite costly compared to if you were to just drive to the top, but again, it's worth it.

Visited July 2013
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