What is it: 7.5-mile road up the highest peak in New England.
Why go: While Mt. Washington is known for unpredictable weather and record-breaking wind speeds (230-plus mph) at the summit, it affords spectacular 360-degree views from the top. The hike to the summit is rewarding, but you know you’d rather drive, and fortunately there’s the Auto Road. Drive yourself or book a tour and enjoy stunning scenery on the way up. The road opens at 4am in season for sunrise-seekers. In winter, consider a SnowCoach tour for a sub-arctic adventure.