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  • I do very much recommend that everyone go at least once up the Mount Washington Auto Road

    • by Why Georgia

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      One thing that is fun to do while in the White Mountains, but is a little pricey is the Mount Washington Auto Road. If you’ve got a car in decent shape (and I say this because I once attempted this as a teenager with a car that had lousy brakes!) you can climb the twisting turning uphill road 8 miles all the way to the top of Mount Washington at 6288 feet. They give you a CD or cassette at the base to hear all about the drive as you make your way up and then back down again.

      The road has plenty of vistas where you

      can pull off to the side to admire the view. Besides the vistas though, the road is fairly narrow and can be a bit frightening to some drivers. It gets even more nerve wracking when you come upon a car coming in the opposite direction! The road is not really wide at all and you both need to stay as much to your side as possible and above all, slow down while passing.

      Once you get up so far, you will be able to begin seeing everything for miles regardless of the conditions at the top. You are above the tree line for a good part of the trip.

      Now I will tell you to prepare for anything weather wise. There have been times that I’ve headed out on this drive in bright sunshine and weather in the mid 70’s, but when I reached the top, there was snow in places on the ground and a brisk wind and temperatures in the 40’s at the summit! Also, sometimes you will go hoping to be able to have the breathtaking view from the highest point in New England only to drive up through the clouds and find that you can’t see anything at the summit that day!

      Although I ...

      • Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH
      personally have never been in really poor weather, they say that can be something else too with winds equivalent to that of a tropical storm and the summit totally engulfed in clouds.

      You can go up in the Observatory at the summit and you are free to spend as long as you want up there exploring and taking pictures as long as you come back down when they close!

      At the base of the Auto Road, there is a nice little free excursion called the Red Barn Museum that has antique vehicles, coaches and wagons that all used to make the trek up Mount Washington over the years.

      I also

      grabbed a bite to eat at the base of the auto road at the Glen View Cafe. We sat at a table on the outside deck so we had such a beautiful view while we had our sandwiches. There is also a gift shop at the base of the Auto Road as well as one on the summit.

      I do very much recommend that everyone go at least once up the Mount Washington Auto Road. It’s memorable and breathtaking and even a little on the exhilarating side if the driving makes you feel on edge!

      It costs $20 for car and driver and an additional $7 for your passenger.

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