Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast U.S. at 6,288 feet tall, and the summit is accessible by car, train, or foot. The mountain is known for extreme weather conditions, and it holds the record for the second-highest wind speed ever recorded on the Earth's surface at 231 miles per hour. The auto road and state park are typically open from May to October, but you can participate in a day or overnight snowcat trip with the Mount Washington Observatory during the winter. Be sure to keep an eye out for the resident cat.
“North America's Windiest Place”
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft (1,917 m) and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. It is famous for dangerously erratic weather. For 76 years, until 2010, a weather observatory on the summit held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph (372 km/h or 103 m/s), on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. Before European settlers arrived, the mountain was known as Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit". The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, in the township of Sargent's Purchase, Coos County, New Hampshire. While nearly the whole mountain is in the White Mountain National Forest, an area of 59 acres (24 ha) surrounding and including the summit is occupied by Mount Washington State Park.
Gorgeous view, strenuous hike, and dangerous as all hell!
Best scenery I’ve seen on the trip. Not cheap, though. It’s $45/for the car and driver and $20 for each additional driver. It’s overpriced by a lot, but that doesn’t stop the crowds. I went in October 8, when the fall color change was at its peak. 4 star but only because of the price. 5 star for the views
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