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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 20 Attractions in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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canton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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34 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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georgia
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74 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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