How to Make the Most of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

If you still haven’t figured out your plans for the summer, a great destination will be Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Summer is the best season to head there when it goes above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, unless you prefer to endure colder temperatures. The summer heat can be excruciating but if you want to cool off, Mt. Washington is the place to be. Whether you want to go hiking, cruising, or riding an ATV, there are plenty of activities that await you.

Hiking in Mt. Washington

mt washington new hampshireExperienced hikers love to visit Mt. Washington because of the challenging trails, lush environment, and fantastic views from the top. Hiking here is certainly not for the faint-hearted, and expect to get dirty because of the rugged, rocky, and muddy terrain especially when wet.

Trails to the summit are about a dozen, but only four are the most popular because they are the most direct routes: (from the east) Tuckerman Ravine, Lion Head; (from the west) Ammonoosuc Ravine, Jewell Trail. Visit this website for a more informative description of these four Mt. Washington hiking routes.

Mt. Washington Auto Road

Perhaps a more thrilling and faster way to the summit is your cup of tea. You’re in luck because you can enjoy an eight-mile ride on Mt. Washington Auto Road to take you to the peak. Either you drive your own car or join a guided tour, you’ll get to enjoy the spectacular views on the ridge.

As a side trip, make sure to visit the most visited museum in New Hampshire, the Extreme Mt. Washington, located right on the mountaintop. The observatory has been renovated to bring a new interactive experience of Mt. Washington winter, the “World’s Worst Weather”. Now you don’t have to face the brutal winter cold to see the beauty and agony of this natural wonder.

Cruising on Lake Winnipesaukee

South of Mt. Washington is the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, where you can enjoy a cruise on its crystalline waters and the scenic view of the White Mountains. Cruises are available between May and October and you get to choose the package you want! A dinner dance cruise, champagne brunch, or a daytime scenic cruise—you’ll find something that suites your budget and preferred activity.

Where to Stay

New Hampshire offers a great number of historic bed and breakfasts with rustic appeal and modern amenities. The Inn on Golden Pond is a great choice if you prefer to be surrounded by 50-acres of wooded surroundings. The popular shooting location of the critically-acclaimed movie On Golden Pond, Squam Lake, is only just a short distance from the inn.


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