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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
Phone Number: +1 814-941-7743
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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Everett, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Rockville, Maryland
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

When we first arrived and discovered there was an entrance fee and it would be nearly $16 for the two of us, I hesitated, but as the mile-long freight train rumbled by I emphatically stated it was well-worth the price of admission. Not only is the curve an engineering feat, it is just way too much fun to stand so... More

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Bakerstown, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My best friend and I stopped here on our yearly road trip. We like to see unique things. This is Awesome! There's plenty of trains that come by daily so you get the full effect of the curve. Definitely worth a detour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We came here as a family member formally worked for the PRR. The amount of manpower (&animal) to create this Wonder of the modern world is mind boggling, but engineer & create the Horseshoe Curve among 3 mountain ridges is truly amazing! We came, rode the funicular to the curve & saw sev sets of trains go by. Lost count... More

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158 reviews 158 reviews
72 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I remembered the Horseshoe Curve from years ago when riding the train at night. You could see the train cars in front and in back all lit up as they rounded the Curve. There is more vegetation now which does obstruct the view however I feel it is still a worthwhile place to visit. We were there for about an... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I climbed the stairs (because their tiny funicular train was broken), I watched a train go by. It reminded me of other occasions in my life when I've watched trains go by. Boring. I recommend you skip this "attraction" and instead go to the Altoona Railroaders Museum (a few miles away). It's much more interesting.

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Marlton, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I agree with the review submitted on September 16, 2014 . If any visitor thinks they will get a view of the curve like the ones posted on internet images, think again. With all of the trees and vegetation, it's impossible to see the curve. You will see trains pass from the lookout point accessible from either the incline rail... More

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