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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Elmer, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

whether you're an old train buff or traveling with kids, it's exciting to watch the trains up on the curve.

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Union, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This really is for lovers of trains. We had fun and I would say if trains are your thing, make the trip. It REALLY in a one of a kind trip have fun, be safe

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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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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