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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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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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Horseshoe Curve

I am originally from the Altoona area; my parents took us there all the time to watch the trains. I visit the Curve everytime I am in the area; it brings back many great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Webster, New York
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Riverton, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you enjoy train watching the Horseshoe Curve is a must see stop, Everytime ive visited this place ive never been disapointed in not seeing any trains in fact each time I have been there ive got to see anywhere from 3 to 6 trains in a time span of an hour also take the time to see the trains... More 

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Camden, Delaware
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Closed for the winter season. Been there many times before. Use to ride bikes up there with an older brother when we were 11>13, from 5th Avenue at least once a week. The video is fascinating,the cable car ride to the top is scenic and worth the ride to see trains that still use the Horseshoe Curve to this day.

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Altoona
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51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I tend to take this place for granted since it's right in my backyard, but it really does offer something for everyone. There's a lot of rich history behind the Horseshoe Curve, and it's located up "in the mountains," which offers some pretty stellar views year 'round, but it's a really pretty drive up through the mountains in the Fall... More 

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31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Train watching is something I learned when I had my first son. He is an expert as he will often tell you! At horseshoe curse you can sit in a famous area and enjoy hours of train watching. Often you can see two or even more trains going through the curve at the same time. While in the area be... More 

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Webster, New York
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am originally from the Altoona area; my parents took us there all the time to watch the trains. I visit the Curve everytime I am in the area; it brings back many great memories. I take my grandchildren to the RIT train show every December. When I talk to the railroad modelers I meet and mention the World Famous... More 

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Thank deacontomb1
Anderson, South Carolina
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The kids loved traveling up the incline to the top of the mountain. When the trains come it is awesome to see! Beautiful spots for picnics!

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Nowalk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Dam in front along with the curve is very well kept and clean. Has a little history to it but the staff are friendly and it is one of the fee things to see around the area. A must visit for any train watchers. Make sure you check out the short hike up (closed during winter).

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Thank NitinKolhar
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Not only is this a national historic landmark, it is still in use daily. We would not have found it, but since the entry was paid with our Altoona Railroaders Museum pass, we added a little road trip on to our visit. Our family used the stairs up to the curve because of a long line by the funicular. Nice... More 

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Thank Darci L
Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Love the way the train tracks look just like a horseshoe. The peaceful atmosphere and to see a train using it is just wonderful. I don't like the walk up and the trolley cart or whatever you call it is expensive I am handicapped I use a cane and my heart is sort of bad for me to walk it... More 

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Thank Rick L
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Such a great afternoon was spent here. The climb up the steps is a little challenging but i did it. When a train is coming, you can hear it for miles! The anticipation on the kids faces makes it all the more special. You are up close and personal with freight trains and passenger cars. They announce what and when... More 

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