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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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London, England
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328 reviews 328 reviews
162 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Nice small museum and a really nice touch having the small incline railway to take the less able or more weary up to the viewing area. What you see will depend on what's running that day as it is the N & S running line and although I was given a "timetable" it wasn't very accurate. A fault of N... More

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Stillwater, Pennsylvania
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14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I have yet to see the railroad museum that you can get a combo ticket with. It is pretty awesome. The sight is beautiful and the train crews usually blow their horns or wave. I will say that you would benefit from earplugs of some sort. Some of the trains are extremely loud when rounding the curve, and the horns... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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109 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

I'd been to horseshoe curve a few times, most notably when showing my mother it on the way back to NYC. It is a large 220 degree arc that allows trains from the Central and Eastern portions of Pennsylvania to climb up into the Allegheny Mountains and cross across to get to Western Pennsylvania and the Midwestern US. It was... More

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bergen county, nj
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We really enjoyed this trip, it is a combo. ticket entry with the Railroader's Museum in town. As you can see from my pics, the view is beautiful and we got to see a couple of great trains go by as well as taking a ride on the funicular, which was a joy! This is a little treasure and well... More

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Pittsburgh
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15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I was in the area with my 9 year old granddaughter so we decided to stop to see the curve. We went to the railroad museum first then drove to see the curve. We got there just as a train was arriving, by the time we got on the funicular and rode it to the top the same train was... More

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Centralpa
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36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Go to the curve with lots of time! The trains which go around the curve are actually working trains so they do not just go for the tourists to see. Pick up a schedule where you get your tickets and see what's due to come thru. A few picnic tables at the top. Here are steps to the top or... More

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Zeeland, Michigan
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36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This has been turned into a beautiful park since we first visited over 20 years ago!! Very nice visitors center and riding the funicular to the top is fun. Hours & cost are not user friendly, especially if you come in the winter as it's closed!! Still very neat & an amazing accomplishment for the era in which the curve... More

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This national historic landmark really is a must visit. The funicular is a hit with small children and adults alike, and the pleasant grassy field enclosed by the curve itself is a very relaxing place to watch the mile-long trains roll by. The place is popular with old order Mennonites in traditional dress, who appear regularly with their barefoot children... More

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Altoona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

went the last week of April and find out no more AAA discounts give. Sign was there telling us there wont be any more discounts of any kind given. It now costs 7.58/pp to view the trains. Even if you arrive at 4pm and it closes at 5pm -the price is the same. I love watching the trains from opening... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This was a wonderful experience. Would recommend this attraction to anyone who loves the History of the Railroad. We got to see 4 of the locomotives travel the Curve and it was awesome. So if you ever find yourself in Altoona Pa. this is a must to see.

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