With an elevation of 6,228 feet, Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States. The Mt. Washington Auto Road or Cog Railway are two great ways to enjoy the spectacular views.

Mount Washington Auto Road


Considering the ever-changing weather conditions on New England’s highest peak, no two trips are the same. Bluebird skies and stunning vistas may greet you one day. The next day you could have the adventure of a lifetime in the 6,288-foot peak’s strong winds, remarkable fog and rapidly moving clouds. On any day, your adventure awaits.

Whether you drive yourself or take one of our guided tours, your trip on the Mt. Washington Auto Road will create a lifelong memory. Give your kids a head start on their summer assignment by treating them to a tour to the summit of a true American icon—Mt. Washington.

With our three Sunrise Drives in 2008, you have the opportunity to watch the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean. We also offer private, sunset tours that allow your car club or group to tour Mt. Washington after hours.

If you’re looking to go even further on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, return in winter and climb aboard the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. Your family will be transported deep into the magical world above treeline for an unforgettable experience.

You’ve seen the bumper stickers. Now, discover what all the fuss is about.

As you plan your trip, remember, temperatures can drop rapidly and weather conditions can change quickly on the mountain, so be sure to bring a jacket or sweater along for the trip. All dates and times are subject to change based on weather and road conditions.

Please visit http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com for complete information on dates and hours of operation, fee schedule, calendar of events and other information.

Vehicle Limits

Safety considerations dictate that some vehicles cannot be permitted on the Auto Road:

  • Acura, Honda, Jaguar, Saturn and Sterling autos with automatic transmissions must show a “1” or “L” or “S” on the shifter to be allowed on the Auto Road.
  • Maximum wheelbase on any vehicle: 161 inches (This excludes most club cab pickups and limousines).
  • Maximum width on any vehicle: 80 inches including mirrors.
  • No Hummers, except H-3.
  • No trailers, RV’s, campers or oversized vans converted to RV’s.
  • No mopeds or scooters.
  • No dual wheeled vehicles.
  • No pickups with permanent additions that extend wider than the cab (campers, rack bodies, or very wide mirrors).
  • Some former police cars and taxis have the 1st gear locked out and cannot be allowed on the road.
  • No Lincoln Continentals 1969 or earlier.
  • No bicycles.


Weight Limits:

These are approximate numbers used as guidelines. Weights (in pounds) include passengers and luggage:

  • Full size car or wagon: 900
  • Mid sized car & compact cars: 800
  • Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager prior to 1996: 600
  • Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager 1996 and newer: 900
  • All other mini-vans: 850
  • 3/4 or 1/2 ton van, pickup or SUV: 900
  • One-ton van or pickup: 1050


The Mount Washington Cog Railway


Looking for an unforgettable experience? Ride up Mount Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway! For well over a century, it has been an exciting experience.

2009 Excursion Schedule

The round trip cog ride takes approximately 3 hours, including a 20-minute stop at the summit. We recommend that you bring a camera and extra jacket or sweater. Remember, trains are fired by coal — so dress accordingly.


Visit http://www.thecog.com/index.php for complete information on ticket prices and dates of operation.

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Nordic Village Private Deck


Golfing in the White Mountains has been a favorite activity to visitors and with good reason. If you’re a golfer, you’re in for a treat; some of the best views in the mountains can be seen from the links of the region’s many golf courses! A golf game on each of these courses presents a new and unforgettable experience for every golfer.

Wentworth Golf Club
Route 16A, Jackson 03846

This beautiful 18 hole course is the focus of Jackson Village and provides outstanding views of the majestic Presidential Range. Also enjoy the scenic beauty of the Wildcat and Ellis Rivers as they meander throughout the course. Book your tee times online.

North Conway Country Club
Route 16, North Conway 03860

Impeccably maintained 6,700 yds with 360 degree Mount Washington Valley views. 4 tees per hole, turf range, restaurant/lounge. Groups Welcome. May to October.

Hales Location Country Club
87 Fairway Drive
Hales Location, NH
Phone: 603-356-2140

Albert Zikorus designed golf course featuring 9 challenging holes, all with spectacular views of the White Mountains and surrounding area.

Androscoggin Valley Country Club
2 Main St
Gorham, NH

The course is flat and friendly, located in the Great North Woods.

Indian Mound Golf Club
Ossipee, NH 03814
PHONE: (603) 539-7733

Architect Phil Wogan presents a challenging par 70 golf course. Relatively level front 9, gentle rolling terrain back 9

Mount Washington Golf Course
RR 302
Bretton Woods, NH

The 18-hole “Mount Washington” course in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire features 6,638 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The Mount Washington golf course opened in 1915.

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Mount Washington – you can see it from everywhere!Auto Road – Pinkham Notch, NH – 13 mileswww.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com

A drive on the Mount Washington Auto Road is a drive unlike any other. With the ever-changing weather conditions on New England’s highest peak, no two trips are the same. Bluebird skies and stunning vistas may greet you one day. The next day you could have the adventure of a lifetime in the peak’s strong winds, remarkable fog and rapidly moving clouds. On any day, your adventure awaits.

Mt. Washington Auto Road Van

Wild Cat Mountain – Pinkham Notch, NH – 12 miles
“#1 scenery in North America!” (SKI Magazine) Experience the ZipRider,™ NH’s newest thrill ride—soar ½ mile over trees, ski trails, and a river at up to 45 mph, while taking in the majestic mountain scenery. Then ride the Wildcat Express Gondola Skyride to the 4,062′ summit—in 12 minutes! Views of Mt. Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and Presidential Range offer memories and photo opportunities. Enjoy a lunch n’ ride package and take a picnic with you—walk a mile to Thompson Brook Falls or along part of the Appalachian Trail. Café, “make-your-own-sundae” bar, special events all summer. Dog-friendly.

Polar Caves Park – Plymouth, NH – 78 miles
A Family Adventure Since 1922. Cave Tours continuously, Nature Trails, Waterfowl and Animal Exhibits, Maple Sugar Museum, the Glacial Boulder Maze, and the Polar Mining Expedition Sluice. Experience Nature at her finest. Enjoy the peaceful woodland setting for an hour or a day. Flat-soled walking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended.

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Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves – North Woodstock, NH – 55 miles
Since 1853, thousands of guests of all ages have marveled at the beauty, mystery, and tranquility of Lost River Gorge. Lit by lanterns and guided by wooden walkways, you’ll step back in time to face the challenge of caves like the Lemon Squeeze, pan for fossils and gemstones, and view the Judgment Hall of Pluto with its spectacular 20 foot inside waterfall! Gift Shop.

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Whale’s Tale Water Park – Lincoln, NH – 45 miles

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The Whale’s Tale Water Park recently named Best in Class Waterpark in America by Aquatics International Magazine. Whether you’re looking to chill out, thrill out, lay out or play out, you and your family can do that and more! The Banzai Pipeline, our biggest ride yet, will serve up excitement around every corner. Then slide, swim and splash through the rest of our world-class water park. Later, catch a show on the wave-side stage. Bring the camera to capture the memories as you and your family enjoy New England’s Favorite Water Park!



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Loon Mountain Scenic Gondola Skyride – Lincoln, NH – 48 miles
Loon’s scenic Summit Skyride—New Hampshire’s longest—comfortably transports all ages to a mountaintop area featuring one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful scenic views, Glacial Caves and Boardwalk, artisans, children’s playground, self-guided nature tour and indoor/outdoor family dining. Loon also offers mountain biking and rentals for all abilities, two climbing walls, accommodations, spa and fitness center, plus festivals, concerts and special events.

Hobo Railroad – Lincoln, NH – 49 miles
All aboard for a 15-mile, 1 hr. & 20 min. roundtrip train excursion in a picturesque, woodsy setting along the Pemigewasset River in restored vintage coaches. Hobo picnic lunches & ice cream are available. The Station Gift Shop opens at 10am in season. Weekend departures Memorial Day–mid-June. Daily departures late June–fall foliage.

Hobo Railroad Bridge Lincoln NH

The Flume Gorge – Franconia Notch, NH – 49 miles
The Flume Gorge offers a 2-mile self-guided spectacular walk through a natural chasm, over covered bridges and past waterfalls, a scenic pool and mountain views. A new free 20-minute movie in high definition on Franconia Notch State Park. Information center, cafeteria, gift shop and interpretive exhibits. Kids crawl through and explore the Wolf’s Den and Bear’s Cave!

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