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. Use our Gorham trip planning website to add Mt Washington Auto Rd and other attractions to your Gorham vacation plans.
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  • To be honest I never thought of traveling this. I thought it sounded boring and expensive!!! Well, I was wrong. This was one of my highlights during my trip to the White Mountains. We rented a Jeep Wr...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery. Don’t do this if you are afraid of heights. A lot of fun. There is a small fee but you get a cd which is great.  more »
  • There is a reason that so many cars in the Northeast have a bumper sticker that says, "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington". A chance to have a look from the summit of the second highest mountain in Ameri...  more »
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  • Incredibly gorgeous place to go with friends or family for the day. Very pretty views, even though the top half of the path is blocked off due to inclement weather. Make sure that you have a car capable of making the trip, otherwise you're going to be pumping your brakes a lot.
  • The 2 hour van tours on the auto road are perfect. You get to view from up high, you get an hour on the summit either with extreme weather conditions or bright sunny days with spectacular views. I totally recommend the 3 hour sighting tour because you get some extra time on the summit and you get to do some hiking. My favorite tour guide is Mike because he very friendly and he knows exactly what he is doing. I also recommend this over the cog railway because the van feels more comfortable than the cog railway and the van is only $36 for 2 hour and $65 for 3 hour vs the cog railway which is $75.
  • awesome ride going up and coming down. they need to upgrade their tour CD to an mp3 so it's easier for everyone to listen. The ticket to drive your own car to the mountain is very expensive. it's very cold at the summit so jacket is a must
  • O!M!G! DO NOT DRIVE THIS ROAD IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART! Great scenic drive to top of Mt Washington with spectacular views from summit. The road up and down is narrow, steep, and crowded. Drive down in low gear (the road smells like hot brakes). Worth the stop and cost to go up, but it gets your heart racing to drive this road.
  • Awesome drive with scary views over the edge but beautiful scenery all around. The view from the top is usually covered due to clouds and can be considerably colder than the start of the auto road and can be really windy.

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