We’ve all seen that bumper sticker. Minivans, pickup trucks, compact cars. It doesn’t matter. Pretty much any vehicle that passes a state inspection is capable of earning the popular “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” sticker.
It’s the driver who deserves the real credit, having to successfully navigate a narrow, steep, twisting road and then pretty much ride the brake pedal all the way back down again. Every time I see the sticker, I think there should be another one right next to it that reads: “Don’t worry, this car’s brakes were serviced by a professional mechanic after it climbed Mt. Washington.”
Judging by the number of bumper stickers out there, the Mount Washington Auto Road is clearly one of New England’s most popular car excursions in mountain country. And why wouldn’t it be? The auto road gives drivers access to the Northeast’s highest peak. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking it is the only car excursion worth taking. Far from it.
Scenic drives, during the fall particularly, are among the most popular outdoor activities in New England and are critical in helping account for millions of tourist visits and billions spent each fall foliage season. A seemingly endless network of country roads beckon families as they wind past classic farm stands, orchards, festivals, agricultural fairs, shopping and much more. Whether visiting friends, traveling with them or simply escaping for peaceful time away with a loved one, New England offers some of the best scenic fall auto tours in the country. Sometimes it’s about the destination but it’s always about the journey.