Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, North Conway

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The location of the highest recorded winds on Earth, Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center can either treat you to extreme weather or outstanding views of the surrounding White Mountains. On a guided tour of the working observatory, learn how meteorologists measure the weather conditions on Mount Washington and then step outside to feel the winds for yourself. Check the forecast before you visit because strong storms occur frequently. Even if the weather is calm and you visit in summer, make sure you dress warmly because temperatures can remain low at the top of 1,916 m (6,288 ft) Mount Washington. Add Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center to your North Conway travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our North Conway itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The Cog Railway may seem pricey, but it is a great way to get to the top of the highest mountain on the east coast. The brakemen onboard narrate historical information. They also have a sense of humor...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Just a few words on the drive to the top, if I was to go back, I would take the train, wow, that is some drive to the top, white knuckles all the way, but you do get a sticker if you do it, but beware...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Free admission, hands on exhibits, free parking, and clean bathrooms. There is also a very nice gift store with interesting weather-related toys, books, and souvenirs.  more »

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