If you ask us, the only fitting place to start a trip along the Appalachian Trail is what’s considered to be America’s oldest man-made tourist attraction. It’s the Mount Washington Auto Road, which takes you to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in all New England. At 6,288 ft., on a clear day you can see upwards of 130 miles – meaning the Atlantic Ocean to your east, or the state of Vermont to your west. But be prepared: the mountain is known for its erratic weather. You could encounter gale-force winds and sudden storms. In fact, the world record wind speed was recorded here on April 12, 1934, at 231 miles per hour! Talk about wind chill.
After a restful night at either the grand and historic Omni Mount Washington Resort or one of the many beautiful bed and breakfasts that cover most of New England, you can begin to make your way south along the trail. Be sure not to pass up any opportunity you get to enjoy the many diners you’ll find along the way. They’re a nice break from the national chains and a terrific way to support the local economy. One in particular that draws rave reviews is Collins Diner in North Canaan, Connecticut.