6. Mount Washington
New Hampshire’s Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Presidential Range, and in America’s entire northeast. At just 6,289 feet, and with a paved road all the way to the top, it may not sound like much of a challenge, but be warned: some of the world’s most ferocious weather, highest winds, and coldest temperatures have been recorded at its summit.
The pain: Whatever you do, don’t dress for a drive, dress for an expedition. It’s just a steep seven-mile drive from the base to the top, but you never know what you’ll step into once you close that car door.
The gain: You will certainly get some of the best views east of the Mississippi -- but you’re basically at an elevation a little higher than Denver International Airport.