Have you been searching for ways to keep the family entertained this summer? How about an adventure that’s fun, safe and educational for everyone? Bretton Woods, New Hampshire is just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Boston and home to the world’s first mountain-climbing Cog Railway train.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway climbs New England’s highest peak from April to November, offering visitors a scenic – and sometimes heart-pounding – three-hour tour of the White Mountains.
In fact, Mount Washington isn’t just New England’s highest point, it’s also the tallest mountain in the entire Northeast at 6,288 feet.
The historic railway is the oldest cog railroad in the entire world, making its first trek to Mount Washington’s summit in 1869.
It is also the only Cog Railway East of the Rockies.
Environmentally conscious riders can choose to take an eco-friendly biodiesel locomotive rather than a historic steam train – both options are available in season.
As the train ascends the western flank of the mountain, the sweeping views and the steepness of the grade thrill riders young and old.
The Cog Railway’s track is the second steepest in the world, with an average grade of 25% and a maximum grade of 37%.
Once the train reaches the peak of Mount Washington, riders are invited to exit the coach and enjoy the remarkable views east to the Atlantic Ocean and North to Canada.
At the summit, riders can visit the Sherman Adams Visitors Center which houses an observatory and cog railway museum.
The way down is when riders really notice the steep incline of the track! But don’t worry, visitors have been safely riding the Cog Railway for nearly 150 years.
The system has been meticulously maintained and modernized as needed to ensure a smooth, safe ride throughout the years.
A visit to the Mount Washington Cog Railway is a perfect way to beat the heat and get out of the city this summer!
Featured Image via Facebook/Mount Washington Cog Railway