Mount Washington Auto Road
Gorham, NH 03581
New England’s highest peak—6,288 feet—Mount Washington claims some of the world’s worst weather and the second-highest wind speed ever recorded. The eight-mile drive to the top is a hair-raiser; drop-away vistas on fair-weather days are stupendous, with visibility up to 130 miles and views of New York and the Atlantic. Bonus: The summit’s Extreme Mount Washington museum at the Mount Washington Observatory explores the nitty-gritty of the mountain’s subzero, hurricane-force drama. Road open May to October, depending on weather. Best White-Knuckle Vista
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015
You won’t soon forget this 8-mile drive up the Northeast’s highest peak. And with views of the Presidential Range, Huntington Ravine, even Boston, how could you? Drive yourself, or sit back and take a guided tour. Voted Best Road Climb.
24:37.6 minutes/seconds: record Auto Road time set by Harry Harkness in the first “Climb to the Clouds” race, July 1904
$25 cost per car and driver to travel up the Auto Road in 2011
140,000 number of people who drive the Auto Road each year
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011
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