Explore the Auto Road
From the base of Mount Washington at Great Glen Trails to the summit of the tallest peak in the Northeast, The Mt. Washington Auto Road offers an day of adventure like nowhere else in the world.
Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. Whether you drive your own car or enjoy a guided tour, a trip on the Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to witness four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.
The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!
However you choose to explore Mount Washington, the Auto Road provides you with the opportunity to embark on a journey that will do more than just take you to the highest summit in the northeast. You are going to the birthplace of legends, following up a path that leads through time and winds its way through woods, winds and weather.
What can you do on the Mt. Washington Auto Road?
From family-friendly nature hikes to guided tours to the summit, the Mt Washington Auto Road is your gateway to adventure! Here are a few ideas for a great day of adventure:
Relax and let one of our accomplished tour guides you on a 2-Hour Guided Tour
Stop along the road and enjoy the scenic pull-offs with amazing views
Take short walks and scenic hikes from the base and in marked areas on the Auto Road
Discover rare alpine flowers and mountain birds
Travel through 4 different and individually unique ecological zones
Explore the Red Barn Museum located at the base ~ with historic Auto Road displays and antique vehicles - FREE!
Visit the Mount Washington Observatory’s Extreme Weather Museum on the summit - FREE!
Singletrack and family-friendly mountain biking terrain and guided wildlife kayak trips at the base at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center