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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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Spend time watching trains or talking to rail buffs.

If you love trains, this is a fun place to visit. On a week-end, there likely are serious railroad fanatics you can talk with about anything to do with railroads. Room to take a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Rochester, Michigan
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Average rating if you visit when the trees are leafed out. Excellent if you visit before the trees leaf out or after the leaves fall. Walk the 194 steps up to the top, or take the funicular car up to the top. There is a small museum to visit and view a movie. The very nice worker in the store/admission... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

if you don't want to ride the tram up the hill , you can climb the 194 steps to the top, where you wait for the trains to come around the horseshoe curve. it is an incredible engineering feat. in the visitors center, you can view a short film about the history and check out the many displays.

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Mason, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I hadn't visited Horseshoe Curve in over 10 years...we had purchased a brick with my grandfather's name & we're hoping to see it, but it hadn't been installed yet. Maybe next visit. It's always still a beautiful site & reminds me of being a kid & visiting my grandparents in Altoona.

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Bluefield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you love trains, this is a fun place to visit. On a week-end, there likely are serious railroad fanatics you can talk with about anything to do with railroads. Room to take a picnic and relax for an hour or so as the trains go by. Nice display at bottom of mountain.

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Youngstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Bring your camera. Plan on being there for at least 1-1/2 to 2 hr. The incline Railway to track side was fun but going down the steps when leaving was a great photo op.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I enjoy the incline plane very much and we seem to always catch a train or two. To call it a wonder of the world is a bit much but it is nice to visit and not a very far trip.`

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Greenville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Excellent if you are into trains and exploring trains the museum is terrific and the huge yard where the workhorses are laid to rest. Wonderful for family. I want to go again very soon, was there many years ago and now want to go back to look at what I missed the first time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The overall views are mind boggling. The historical values are overwhelming. The best thing the price of admission covers the Railroaders Memorial Museum as well and they are only 6 miles apart.

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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Beautiful place to visit, great for train enthusiasts or a family outting. I came here as a child 30 years ago, came with my husband, his first ever trip to Pennsylvania. My first trip in to PA in 30 years. We visited from KY.

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Wyoming, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Horseshoe curve is a great historical landmark for the US. People come from around the world to see it and watch the massive trains push up and down the mountains. At one time, you could see these trains, every year the sight gets worse...to the point it's very discouraging for many ho visit. I understand it takes money, but find... More 

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Address: 1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
Phone Number: +1 814-941-7743
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Altoona

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