The Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods

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The world's first mountain-climbing cog railway, The Mount Washington Cog Railway transports you to the top of Mount Washington for views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Canada as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Choose between an old-fashioned coach powered by steam engine, or a modern, more environmentally friendly biodiesel option to take you to the summit at 1,916 m (6,288 ft). You'll have about an hour at the top of the highest peak in the Northeast, giving you a chance to explore the visitor center and Mount Washington Observatory's Weather Museum. Put The Mount Washington Cog Railway at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bretton Woods travel route planning site .
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  • This is a fabulous three hour trip that provides a breathtaking view of the mountains and the area surrounding Mt. Washington. The ascent is very gradual so you can take in the sights that are describ...  more »
  • The Cog Railway straight up to the observatory is amazing! The view was breath taking during the fall of the year looking out over the mountains and valleys. A beautiful view of the trees yet quite ch...  more »
  • We were lucky to be able to arrive and get tickets on a whim! We were in town for a weekend of hiking and had just finished our morning hike. The whole experience is well organized and the train escor...  more »
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  • The train is very cool, and the engineers/tour guides are very enthusiastic about the cog railway and it's technology. Unfortunately the ride is not very pleasant. The seats are as hard as church pews and are angled oddly to accommodate the steepest parts of the climb. The train is very loud, vibrates hard, and is slow at to the various switch points. The top is great. Lots to see, a nice place to warm up and eat. You can send a postcard from the post office on the summit. Gift shop is nice quality at amazing prices for a tourist spot. The auto road is much more comfortable, roughly the same price, and you can stay and go as you please. Of course if you are a nervous driver, or don't follow the auto road instructions, the drive could be stressful. The auto road is very safe still. They have road crews to help disabled cars, tow trucks, etc.
  • It climbs to the top of the mountain, located in New Hampshire. I could enjoy the great scenic beauty of New Hampshire's colorful fall. I had a wonderful experience. I highly recommend you to visit the place at least once in lifetime, so that you can get to know nature at her best.
  • This is a wonderful trip to the top of Mt. Washington. It was built in the late 1860s and was billed as a trip to the moon by the legislature that approved the project. There are two types of locomotives. One is run on steam fired with coal and the other is a modern diesel electric. I much prefer the steam locomotive. If you take the steambe were not to wear a white sweater. I remember this one lady in the front of the carriage with black spots of soot on her new sweater. She was not happy, so be aware of that issue. The trip up is most exciting as the slopes are really steep. You must lean forward. Part way out the mountain the train pulls of to a siding and lets the locomotive coming down pass by. So do not worry when the train pulls to a stop. The view is very good when the weather is favorable. But often the top of the mountain is in the clouds and there is no view from the top. At other times you will pass through the clouds and then you are in for a real treat. Before you are only the peaks of the highest of the White Mountains. So do not cancel you trip if there are clouds. It is best to ask at the bottom for a report of the weather conditions at the peak. What to wear. Do wear warm clothing any time of the year. It may be really hot at the start of the trip but I guarantee that you will experience completely different conditions at the top of the mountain. It will be appreciably cooler and you will be thankful that you brought an extra down vest to put on. You will have time to walk around the peak and there is one building there for tourists to warm up. There is also the weather station that is manned. This is off limits all year long. Also call ahead to check if the train is running that day if it is at either end of the season., that is Spring of Fall. The best time for views is after a storm as this clears the air. The views are worth the trip up as you are now on top of the highest mountain, Mt Washington, in New Hampshire.
  • Mt Washington cog railway is one of the best. You don't have to drive to visit the summit. It's really good to have a peaceful ride up there. The only concern about this is, we have only 90 mins to stay up there in the mountain which is not enough. If you miss your train, you will not be accommodated in the very next because it's always full.
  • Excellent experience. A few sentences will not do it justice. However, the next day following the rail ride to the Mt. Washington Summit, I purchased two books in the N.Conway Five and Dime. That store in itself, is utterly wonderful as well.

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