The Highest Peak in the Northeastern US

During the road trip through New England last summer, Teddy and I were able to spend time in Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire. one of our stops along the way was in New Hampshire at in the Mount Washington area.

The Hotel

Teddy and I picked a hotel to stay at right at the base of the mountain called The Glen House. It is a boutique hotel with incredible views. We arrived there in the early evening before sunset. We had booked a room with a balcony and view of the mountain and the sun setting right behind the mountain was so cool to watch.

We watched the sunset and then headed down to the restaurant on site for dinner. We stopped along the way to take in the artwork, old photos, and decor. We got some appetizers and drinks before dinner and everything was so good. While we were here for only one night, it was so worth it.

The Summit

It’s just under 8 miles from the start of the Auto Road which begins right behind The Glen Hotel to the summit which is open during the late spring through early fall. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the top depending how often you stop. It took us closer to 45 minutes since we stopped at a few points along the way to check out the views. The road is paved most of the way but there is a completely dirt and gravel section near the top that was the scariest part for me. I really do not like heights in general, but driving to the top of a mountain on very narrow road is not my idea of fun. The only other time I’ve ever done a drive like this was at Pike’s Peak in Colorado.

There is an alternative route up the mountain that doesn’t require driving which is called the Cog Railway. It’s open throughout the warmer months with rides to the top of the summit and during the winter takes you partially up the mountain for snow covered views. Trips to the summit and back during the warm months take around 3 or so hours. I would recommend booking tickets online in advance so you have your spot saved for when you arrive.

The State Park

The Mount Washington State Park is at the top of the highest peak in the northeast and on a completely clear day you can see for miles, the whole way to Vermont, New Hampshire, and even Maine. Back in 1934, the wind velocity that was the highest ever measured at 231 mph was measured on this peak. Because of the altitude of the summit, the visitor’s center located there is only open during the warmer months. It’s a great spot for hikers to refuel after their hike to the top. We grabbed some snacks and drinks and enjoyed the views before heading back down the mountain.

We had such a great time enjoying sunset and dinner at our hotel, the thrilling drive to the top, and taking in the epic views from the top of Mount Washington. If you’re not as into driving to the top of the mountain, the Cog Railroad is a great alternative.