Guided Tours

Tour and Explore the Legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road​!

Closed for the season as of 10/18/15

Guided Tours offer a unique opportunity to learn the true nature and history of Mt. Washington and the Auto Road.  Driven by one of our accomplished and dedicated tour guides, your “stage driver” will offer stories, anecdotes, legends, history and insight into the ecological wonder of Mt. Washington as well as point out interesting features on your trip to the summit.

The summit of the mountain is the Mt. Washington State Park where you can visit the Sherman Adams Visitors Center, with panoramic views from the observation deck, gift shops, cafeteria and restrooms inside.  Included with your guided tour ticket is the Mount Washington Observatory’s, “Extreme Mt. Washington Museum”, an interactive display of just what it’s like on top of this mountain in winter!

Walk around outside to enjoy Mt. Washington’s famous weather, walk through the historic Tip Top House, built in 1853 as a hotel, take in the Summit Stage Office, that’s the one chained to the ground, and get your picture taken on the actual summit at 6,288′!

Two-Hour Guided Tour

Closed for the season as of 10/18/15

Our two-hour tours include a 1/2 hour drive to the summit with a dedicated tour guide driving a 9-passenger stage van which makes several brief stops along the way. 

Upon arrival to the summit of Mount Washington you are on your own to explore the peak of the highest mountain in the Northeast for one hour, then a 1/2 hour return trip to the base.

Two-hour tours are available by walk-in and without reservation from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM after Sept 27), weather permitting.

SAVE $5 per person on our 9 AM guided tours!
Advance, online reservations for 2-hour guided tours are only available for trips leaving at 9:00am – and must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival. BOOK NOW and save!

One-way hiker shuttles are also available.

Other than the early reserved tours, our tours run on a first come, first served basis and we make every effort to provide our guests with a tour as soon as possible.

Departures are usually within 30 minutes of purchasing your tickets, however, on very busy days you can expect the wait to be longer. Mornings tend to be less busy.

Adults: Round Trip-$36, One Way-$31
Seniors (62+) and Military: Round Trip-$31, One Way-$26
Children ages 5-12: Round Trip-$16, One Way-$13
Children ages 4 and under: Free

Three-Hour Guided Adventure Tours

From the scenic base area of the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast, the Auto Road also offers three-hour tours with a dedicated tour guide and adventures to fit your schedule and abilities!

Three-hour extended tours include the drive to the summit with stops along the way to get out and enjoy particular points of interest, short walks or hikes, extended time on the summit (with or without your guide, your choice), and then the return trip to the base.

Three-hour Guided Tours are available any day* at 9AM, with 24 hours of advance PHONE reservation.
*Fall hours: Starting September 13th tours will be available at 9AM on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and will end for the season Friday, October 9th.

Reserve by calling (603) 466-3988 or fill out our Extended Guide Interest Form and we will call you back within 24 hours to help you book your tour.

We can customize this tour to what you’re most interested in such as weather, geology, plants and animals, birds or social history, or we can offer you a general mix of all that makes Mt. Washington so fascinating.

Adults and children: $65 pp
3 to 4 persons (in one party): $60 pp
5 and over (in one party): $55 pp

Read the article in the Caledonia Record by Gary Moore about his trip with us!
(click to enlarge)

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Mount Washington Observatory Summer Day Trips

The Mount Washington Observatory and Mt. Washington Auto Road have teamed up to offer you a summer adventure. If you’re looking for a true alpine adventure in a succinct format, this may be the trip for you!

Enjoy a guided tour in a Mt. Washington Auto Road tour van to the top of the tallest peak in the Northeast and spend a day reveling in the mountain’s legendary weather and scenery. A highlight of your visit will be a guided tour of the Mount Washington Observatory’s famous mountaintop weather station and the opportunity to meet the scientists living and working in this remote outpost. Then, after a hearty, homemade lunch, you’ll head back down the mountain where you continue your adventure while exploring Great Glen Trails on your own.

Trips meet at 8:00am and generally arrive back at the base around 1:30pm.

$115 for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory
$145 for non-members

Register online or visit the Observatory page for additional information, or call the Director of Education at (603) 356-2137, ext. 225

Bicknell’s Thrush Tour

Bicknell’s Thrush

Photo courtesy of Vermont Center for EcoStudies

We also offer Bicknell’s Thrush Tours for anyone interested in the opportunity to view this rare bird in its breeding habitat.







In winter, don’t miss a trip up the mountain aboard the SnowCoach.