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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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  • I went during Laconia Bike Week with a group of friends I call the Long Riders. By the Grace of God we had perfect weather conditions and no cars allowed due to some special arrangements because of La...  more »
  • I had intended to take the Auto Road, driving my own car (first time!), but my planned visit day was on a scheduled bikers' visits. Well, lucky thing for me, because I opted to take the tour vans inst...  more »
  • We were attending Laconia Motorcycle Bike Week, so had to ride to the top of Mount Washington! During the rally they have two days that only allow bikes on the road to the top. This year it was Monday...  more »
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  • The two hour guided tour to the summit in the van was perfect. $36/adult is worth every penny. Especially on one of the few very clear days of the year. Call ahead for conditions. If you can make it to vote 9am tour you can book online and save $5pp. Enjoy!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.