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America's Best Road Trips: Mount Washington Auto Road, New Hampshire

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Mount Washington Auto Road, New Hampshire

The first car to drive to the top of New England’s Mount Washington Auto Road was the original Stanley Steamer back in 1899, which tells you how deep this road’s roots run. Short and steep—climbing nearly 5,000 feet in less than eight miles—it passes dozens of vista points, waterfalls, and alpine meadows before coming to an end at what circus-meister P. T. Barnum called the “2nd Greatest Show on Earth.”

Where to Stop: On the far side of the summit, the palatial Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods is a grand resort with its own coal-fired cog railway climbing back up to the top of the mountain.


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