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Mt. Washington Review

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. You can drive to the top, which climbs 4,600 feet in just over 7 miles, in the summer. A number of trailheads circle the mountain and the other peaks in the Presidential Range, but all of them are strenuous. On the summit is Extreme Mount Washington, an interactive museum dedicated to science and weather. A guided bus tour is available, or you can reach the top along several rough hiking trails. Remember that the temperatures atop Mt. Washington will be much colder than those down below—the average year-round is below freezing, and the average wind velocity is 35 mph.

Updated: 12-24-2013

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