Mount Washington Observatory and the mount washington auto road team up to offer educational day trips  

The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is extending its educational offerings to include Summit Day Trips in partnership with the Mount Washington Auto Road.


Guests will board an Auto Road van for an educational tour up the Auto Road accompanied by Mount Washington Observatory staff member. Once on the summit this unique program will include a tour of the famous mountaintop weather station, a trip to the summit tower (weather permitting), an educational program presented by an Observatory meteorologist and a visit to the Extreme Mount Washington museum, followed by lunch in the Observatory’s living quarters.  Upon the return to the base of the mountain participants will have access to Great Glen Trails and may visit the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum.

“We are excited to partner with the Auto Road on this brand new program. It’s an opportunity for visitors to get a much more detailed look and understanding of the life and work that takes place on Mount Washington,” said Observatory Director of Education, Michelle Cruz. “Guests are always intrigued and impressed by the work that takes place at the summit, year round.”

The program is being offered on select dates running June through September. Trips are scheduled to depart from the base of the Auto Road at 8:00am and return by 1:30pm.  Space is limited to nine guests per trip.  A ticket for a member of the Mount Washington Observatory is  $115 and $145 for a non-member. Registration is available online at  For more information please contact Michelle Cruz at (603)356-2137 x 225.

In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including workshops, a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

About Mount Washington Observatory

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit



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