DISCOUNTS to Mt Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails – no view of the White Mountains is complete if you have not seen ‘em from the top!
A drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road is an experience like no other. With breathtaking vistas of the majestic Mount Washington Valley and the White Mountains around every bend, calling this a drive just doesn't do it justice. Instead, the 7.8 mile ascent up the 6,288-foot mountain –the Northeast's highest– is an awesome adventure, one that will amaze young and old alike.
Many visitors opt to take a self-guided tour to the top. With an average 12 percent grade, the steep and slender road winds its way up the mountain, and it typically takes at least 30 minutes for most passenger vehicles to summit and between 30 and 45 minutes to travel back to the base. Admission onto the Auto Road is $26 for a car and driver (your first passenger is free with the voucher, $8 for each additional adult and $6 for children ages 5-12) and includes an audio tour that highlights the history of the route and the region and teaches about the terrain beneath the tires. Overlooks along the route offer the perfect place to pause for a picture or a picnic or to connect with the trail for a short hike through the alpine meadows and over the craggy cliffs. At the summit, look out across New England to the Atlantic and Canada and then slap on that infamous "This car climbed Mt. Washington" sticker to your vehicle. Hey- you earned it!
For those wishing to leave the driving to someone else, a guided van (called a stage) tour is the ticket. Led by an experienced driver who will share the legends and lore all along the route and answer any questions, these guided trips usually take 1 ˝ hours and include time to explore the summit. Tours are $35 for adults, $30 for military members and seniors (62 and older) and $15 for children ages 5-12. Don’t forget your $5 savings voucher.
The Mount Washington Auto Road, located on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch just 11 miles south of the Top Notch Inn in Gorham, is open in spring, summer and fall. For more information and a complete season schedule, visit www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com or call (603) 466-3988
Prefer to experience the views from the trails – you'll love Great Glen Trails
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is New Hampshire’s most family friendly summer fun headquarters! Enjoy true quality time with your family while biking, running or walking on the beautiful trail system, all in the most magnificent setting you can imagine at the base of Mt. Washington, surrounded by the Presidential Range. Experience nature and wildlife at its very best with help from a dedicated and friendly staff who live in and love this environment. Check out one of the many events or just enjoy a picnic by the pond in a field of wildflowers. The Glen View Cafe offers hearty and delicious food choices with the best views in the state!
Admission to the Great Glen Trails trail system is free of charge for walking, trail running and bird watching. The free day pass voucher is available to those wishing to bike the trails (a $10 savings) and also includes a 50% discount on the four hour bike rental package ($15 savings).
Great Glen Trails, located on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch just 11 miles south of the Top Notch Inn in Gorham, is open in late spring, summer and fall. For more information and a complete season schedule, visit www.greatglentrails.com or call (603) 466-2333. We recommend you visit the GGT website as trail conditions change and trails may be closed to the public during special events. Helmets are required for all GGT riders.