Mt. Washington is the highest peak (6,288 feet) in the northeastern United States and the site of a weather station that recorded the world's highest winds, 231 mph, back in 1934. In the summer, you can drive to the top via the auto road, which climbs 4,600 feet in just over 7 miles. Opened in 1861, this route begins at the Glen House, a gift shop and rest stop 15 miles north of Glen on Route 16, and winds its way up the east side of the mountain, ending at the top. At
the summit you'll find the new Extreme Mount Washington, a high-tech interactive educational experience; you can get a clear panoramic view from the mountain top and use a snow-cat simulator. The Mt. Washington Observatory is at the building's western end. Rules limit what cars may use the road. For instance, cars with automatic transmissions must be able to shift down into first gear. A guided bus tour is available or you can reach the top along several rough hiking trails; those who hoof it can make the return trip via shuttle, tickets for which are sold at the Stage Office, at the summit at the end of the cog railway trestle. Remember that the temperature atop Mt. Washington will be much colder than down below—the average year-round is below freezing, and the average wind velocity is 35 mph.
1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham, New Hampshire, 03581, United States