Mount Washington has been a popular tourist spot since the early 1800s. At one point there were even several hotels on the summit, so that visitors could stay overnight. By the middle of the 20th century, these hotels had burned down or closed. The state of New Hampshire bought the land on the summit in 1964 and turned it into a state park. They added a large visitors' center with restrooms, a cafeteria, and even a post office. There are also many observation decks where, on a clear day, you can see as far as 130 miles away to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.