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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
Phone Number: +1 814-941-7743
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Description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move...
An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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The Horseshoe Curve is worth the visit. When you can see an entire train wrapped around the curve, you get a great appreciation for the men who built that curve! The admission fee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Horseshoe Curve is worth the visit. When you can see an entire train wrapped around the curve, you get a great appreciation for the men who built that curve! The admission fee to the Curve also gets you into the Railroader's Museum, a true jewel of railroad history.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

My son loves to go to the curve and we sit for Hours watching the trains. They have picnic tables so we take lunch.

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Lilly, PA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Seems to be a money maker with not too much actual real info on the Curve. Overpriced things in their Gift Shop. Made a special trip with my family last Summer and the lift was out of order and had to walk up, which they did not mind too much except that they had to pay the same price as... More 

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Pasadena, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a nice place in the fall.All the trees are turning colors and this give you a place to go to see how beautiful fall can be.I loved it there not much to do but the drive there is nice.I have seen some bad reviews but it is what it is.If you have the right company with you you... More 

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canton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Make no mistake about it, as a train enthusiast, you will love this place. The thing i was disappointed with compared to 30 years ago was, the trees have grown so much in height around the inside of the curve on both the east and west approaches, you can no longer see an entire train from front to back wrap... More 

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Mount Olive, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Horseshoe Curve is an important engineering feat that is impressive that although it was built 150 years ago, it is still being used for trains today. To see the curve is to see a perfect example of understated American ingenuity tackling a seemingly insurmountable problem. With that said, the exhibits themselves are dated and need a facelift. It was... More 

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Everett, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Having heard so much of it, I cannot relate how utterly disappointing this is. It has a tiny bit to see when a train is climbing, but next to zero w/o a train present. Frankly,. I'd just as soon watch the grass grow.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

How do you get "goods" from eastern US to western US? By rail, of course!!! How do you cross over the mountains in western PA? Easy; build a series of reservoirs to act as locks and levies and barge the "goods" over the mountains. Who would have thought??? Welcome to the Allegheny Portage Railroad built in 1834 in Holidaysburg, PA.... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Having grown up in Altoona, I was disappointed to come home and see that gate was erected and an admission fee was charged. I much prefer hiking up the hill on the old railroad ties that were laid into the side of the hill.

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Narvon Pa
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93 reviews 93 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

11-2-14This is an outstanding place to watch and wave at the trains as they come by. About 70 come by a day. I saw 5 in an hour and a half. The view is awesome looking out over the reservoir. There is a overview of he history by the tram that takes you to the top. Very interesting. This is... More 

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