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Mt Washington Auto Rd, Gorham

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The 12.2 km (7.6 mi) Mt Washington Auto Rd takes you to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak. Take a guided tour, or drive on your own. If you choose the latter, pick up an audio CD from the ticket office to accompany your drive with information about the geography, history, and lore of the mountain. As you ascend, each turn reveals breathtaking views of the Presidential Range. Your ticket for the road also includes admission to the summit's Extreme Mount Washington experience at the observatory, where you can learn about the mountain's winter. Be aware that the auto road is narrow and winding and doesn’t have guardrails. Nervous drivers should opt for the tour. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mt Washington Auto Rd and many more Gorham attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Gorham trip itinerary builder.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It was amazing the drive to the Auto Rd but when we got there was close and we didn't know. Wish it was open. But was a great experience.  more »
  • The road may be less than eight miles long, but prepare for a half hour to 45 minute drive up the mountain!! While some areas are fairly easy, there are spots towards the top of the mountain that will...  more »
  • Taking the Snow Coach on the Mt. Washington Auto Road is a great experience. The Coach takes you to about 3/4 of the way up above the tree line and stops for a good while for you to take in the breath...  more »
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  • The snow coach is awesome. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The views and walking around at the top of the ride was incredible.
  • One of the highest mountains in new england. If you don't feel like driving up, you can take a bus. It does get scary driving up by yourself with no edges. Puts a lot of wear on the vehicle too. On the cooling system going up. And on the brakes going down. Used all the little rest stops on the way down to let the brakes cool down. Plus you can walk around a bit on them and enjoy the view.
  • Great place to visit. Great view in case of fall season. Before travelling, get good winter clothes , jackets , gloves to enjoy the top as it is extremely windy., Please use a good car with good brakes and use manual gears while driving. The road to the top is not that good hence use a good car ( if car is old use a rental one). The entrance fee is around 47 for three.
  • Steep and spectacular but only if you are lucky! This is an 8 mile trip that gets you to 6200 feet elevation. We were very lucky to arrive on a totally clear sunny day with minimal winds and temp at the summit of 50 degrees. The visibility was rated at 120 miles. I understand most are not so lucky to have such clear weather. The view from the top is excellent as you are at the highest point in the northeast. The summit feels a little disorderly especially with some construction going and a mis mesh of antennas and buildings. There is a historical inn on top that was neat to look around. The audio CD that came with the trip was pretty good. Be sure to stop and let your brakes cool on the way down. We had our car on "low" gear and still, when we stopped half way, the wheel was hot. The scenery is beautiful so the rest is in a beautiful setting.
  • On the way to the top there are amazing views. If you doubt your driving skill, scared of heights, scared to drive close to the edge, you should not attempt to drive this yourself. Plus there are no guardrails to keep you on the road if you're the type of driver that needs them. Once at the top, the views are really amazing and the history is awesome. There are a few historical building and a handful of trails that you can hike. This is a great place to visit more than once.