Mount Washington Cog Railway Bretton Woods
Where is it at?
Mount Washington Cog Railway
3168 Base Station Road
Six miles off Route 302
Tel: 800 922 8825
Where are we going today?
Want to spend the day enjoy the ONLY cog railway east of the Rockies!?
Mount Washington Cog Railway gives the family an adventure on what seems like the top of the world, on the WORLD's FIRST mountain climbing train!
Did you know that Mount Washington is the highest peak in New Hampshire? That's pretty impressive! What's more impressive is the view from the top when your family make that journey and enjoy the views!
Everyone will get a real sense of adventure and history as you take the 3 hour guided train tour up to that peak - which stands at 6,288 feet so it's pretty high up!
Once at the top, you get about an hour to spend taking photos, checking out the view, and looking at all the surrounding mountains. It's pretty incredible! You can even look at mountains in Maine, Vermont, and even Canada.
The Sherman Adams Visitors Center is a great place to start once at the peak. There is also the Mount Washington Observatory's Weather Museum, which is a lovely educational experience for the kids.
History awaits you at the 1853 Tip Top House too, where you can actually send a postmarked stamp from the peak, and get your photo taken at the summit marker!
With your experience on the Mount Washington Cog Railway, you can choose if you want to take the vintage coach that is powered by a historic steam locomotive, or you can choose the more modern (and eco-friendly) biodiesel engine.
Hold on tight - it can get quite steep when you're making your way to what seems to be the top of the world!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$68 (steam $73)
- Free Under: 3 years if on an adults lap
When can we go?
Check the schedules of the train. Usually one morning and one afternoon departure.
Late April to November
They do offer group discounts, so give them a call to talk about bringing your students on this amazing adventure! .
Coolers aren't allowed on the train, but feel free to bring some snacks of your own!.
Make sure you bring plenty of bottled water for your adventure! .
Any Top Tips?
Advanced reservations are strongly recommended! .
Need a little extra help?
Only service animals are allowed on the train. Wheelchairs aren't permitted either as there are narrow door openings. But call ahead for assistance and they'll see what they can do! .
Strollers aren't permitted on the train, as well as car seats. .
Can I get one of those?
Send a postcard from the top - it's a lovely way to send someone a nice gift! .
One way tickets are available. .
What people are saying?
by Dave Spicer
The trip on the railway itself was wonderful, but watch out for the cafe at the Base Station. My husband is gluten intolerant so he couldn't have any of the breakfast items on the posted menu. Instead he just ordered three scrambled eggs. The eggs were $3.99 EACH. Twelve dollars for three eggs! That was a very unpleasant beginning to our experience there.
by Suzanne Sanders
I ask a question, please, rather than make a comment: Would one of the readers please post a comment as to 'when' one might enjoy peak Fall Foliage in the Mt.Washington/Bretton Woods area? I would love any comments on beautiful leaves and 'when' they're best, in New Hampshire. Many thanks to all!
by michael muchard
This is a historic and spectacular ride to the summit! I recommend one of the steam engine trains, check ahead for the steam train schedule. Another great option, if you are physically up for it, is to hike up the Jewell trail to the summit and ride the Cog RR down. The views from the summit on a clear day are inspiring to say the least!
by Eric Roger
A great New England excursion. The Cog Railway is timeless, the views are amazing and the experience is very enjoyable. The price seems to be a bit high, but in the end, it is all worth it. May I suggest taking the first train up in the morning, it is the only train left that uses a coal powered steam engine to get you to the summit. All of the other trains use bio-diesel. Enjoy the ride.
by Rachel Harrington
The cog railway to the top of Mount Washington was an awesome time