Mt. Washington Auto Road + ADD NEW ROUTE
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From Conway NH, travel 25.5 Miles North up Rt 16 to the Mt.Washington Auto Road on the left.
This is a beautiful road. As soon a you start up the mountain, the edge of the road seems a little closer than you would like to have it due to an unforgiving drop off. The views get better and better as you get up in altitude. On a clear day you can see 20 miles in any direction and depending on the weather you can be in or above the clouds. Bring a jacket, the last time I was here it was 80° at the bottom and 29° with 60 mile an hour winds at the top. Awesome for the middle of June.
The pavement was pretty good but as you get into the alpine zone it got a little worse before it went to gravel. The gravel is more of a hard packed sand and gravel. It is easy to drive on for those of you who dont do gravel. Although the first time I went there, we had to wait for 10-15 minutes while road crews repaired the road. And then we had to drive across 50-100' of fairly deep loose sand and gravel before the steam roller had a chance to pack it down. Probably a rarity.
There is a lodge with a cafe at the bottom. There is also a museum and gift shop at the bottom. There is a very steep Cog Railway that you can opt to take up to the top for an additional fee. There is restrooms an a giftshop on the top as well.
I thought it was rather expensive to get up. It was $15 for a motorcycle and rider. $8 for a passenger. $23 total, but I'd do it again because it is an amazing road. For more info go here. http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com
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