Driving up Mount Washington Auto Road afforded us some magnificent views of the surrounding mountains from the comfort of our car. We drove up slowly, both to enjoy the views and to safely navigate the terrifying road. There is a reason that drivers are awarded the famous “This Car Climbed Mount Washington” bumper sticker! But the view atop the mountain makes it all worthwhile. If you are not comfortable with heights or driving on narrow mountain roads without guardrails, there is an option of a 2 hour guided tour in a van driven by an experienced guide.
At 6,288 feet high, Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the Northeast of the United States. The Summit is a popular State Park and is visited by at least 250,000 people annually. It was extremely windy and cold at the Summit when we visited in July even though it was warm and balmy down below. Make sure to bring along jackets even in the summer.
On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as Canada as well as into five states; Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and of course New Hampshire.
The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. Mount Washington Observatory was set up on the summit for weather research.231 miles per hour, the highest surface wind speed ever observed by man, was recorded on Mount Washington on April 12, 1934.
On the Summit there is a building that houses Mount Washington Museum, a human and natural history museum, an eatery and a souvenir shop.
Posted: December 1, 2021
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
1 Mt Washington Auto Road
Gorham, NH 03581
Check online for the current hours: https://mt-washington.com/hours-dates-of-operation
Car and Driver: $45 Peak Rate (regularly $39)
Motorcycle & Operator: $25
Adult Passenger: $20 Peak Rate (regularly $14)
Child (Ages 5-12) Passenger: $9
Under 5 years: FREE
*Includes the famous bumper sticker