Interview: Mt Washington Auto Road
Meet Lisa McCoy, Mt Washington Auto Road Events Director
Interview conducted December 2020
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Since the late 1800s, reaching the summit of Mount Washington has been on the must-do list for most travelers to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. To this day, the combination of amazing scenery, world-famous weather conditions, and adventures for all abilities and ages make it a highlight for visitors to the region, and locals alike. The mountain is steeped in history, and central to that is the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road.
The 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s oldest and continuously-operating attraction. It was first opened to the public in 1861 as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, in a time when guests made the four-hour journey to the summit in specially built, horse-drawn Abbot Downing Mountain Wagons. As a family-owned business, the company takes great pride in its progression through the years, and has preserved that history for all their current-day guests to enjoy.
Today, our campus is home to the fifth iteration of the historic Glen House Hotel, as well as Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The hotel sits trailside on the Outdoor Center’s 45 kilometer trail system, which is one of New England’s premier Nordic ski resorts in the winter, and a family-friendly biking network in the warmer months. Regardless of which outdoor activities you choose to do, our staff welcomes you to the heart of the White Mountains.