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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  • August 14, 2017
    The auto car road is well maintained and has several turnouts where you can stop your car to cool the brakes and look over the terrain. There are no guardrails and some areas are steep so make sure th...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I'm not a fan of heights at ALL! Being the age of 50 and seeing that life is not a guarantee ...I said I'm doing it! My wife and daughter also wanted to go up to the top really bad. Our driver's name ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Our car clubs 10 year anniversary of ascending Mt Washington for our sunset tour. And again, another great event. The weather wasn't very cooperative, but we made the best of it. The staff is always s...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    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!
  • February 21, 2017
    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.
  • October 9, 2016
    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.
  • November 25, 2016
    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.
  • September 19, 2016
    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.

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