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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very historic location and need more than an hour to have enough time to see everything and catch the incline on the hour or half hour and hope to see a train. Suggest trying to find out when trains run so you can be sure to see a train. Seems to be more in the mornings but one did come... More

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Crawford, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is truly a wonder of the world. I've been going since I was a kid. But unfortunately, the museum that operates the park charges far too much, and access can be extremely limited based on weather and any internal museum politics. There was a time when access to the curve was free, intended to be enjoyed by anyone who... More

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Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited in June after purchasing the dual ticket to this and the Railroaders Museum in downtown Altoona. The map and directions given to us there were a bit confusing. We got lost and made several wrong turns trying to find this place which was out in the middle of the mountains. Luckily a very friendly garage attendant drew us... More

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Montgomery County, PA
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My recent trip to the Horseshoe Curve was a disappointment. I had been here several times in the past and also rode several times as a passenger on the curve. Other reviewers are correct that the former "Pennsy" main line is heavily used with about 60-70 freight trains rounding the curve every 24 hours. But, they are incorrect that one... More

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Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you know someone who loves trains. We were there for about 3 hours and saw about a dozen trains which made the 3 hour drive worth it, especially since both my husband and our children are train nuts! There are benches and some picnic tables under trees for shade/protection from the elements.... More

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Elmwood Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Don't miss this if you are anywhere near Altoona! Fascinating and a very inexpensive side trip. Doesn't matter whether you are into trains or not, definitely worth the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is quite difficult to find. It is located out in the country, as I expected, however someones budget did not include signage to locate the place. Once you get there, it is very disappointing to see that there are so many trees grown up around the tracks that it is difficult to see the trains coming and going.... More

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London, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nice small museum and a really nice touch having the small incline railway to take the less able or more weary up to the viewing area. What you see will depend on what's running that day as it is the N & S running line and although I was given a "timetable" it wasn't very accurate. A fault of N... More

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Stillwater, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I have yet to see the railroad museum that you can get a combo ticket with. It is pretty awesome. The sight is beautiful and the train crews usually blow their horns or wave. I will say that you would benefit from earplugs of some sort. Some of the trains are extremely loud when rounding the curve, and the horns... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'd been to horseshoe curve a few times, most notably when showing my mother it on the way back to NYC. It is a large 220 degree arc that allows trains from the Central and Eastern portions of Pennsylvania to climb up into the Allegheny Mountains and cross across to get to Western Pennsylvania and the Midwestern US. It was... More

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