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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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An enjoyable day.

A friend and I drove up from Harrisburg. When you arrive you are actually parking within the curve... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill L
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
A must to visit for railroad fans

Want to get close up and personal to the great American freight trains but in perfect safety then... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jim R
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
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1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
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+1 814-941-7743
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I drove up from Harrisburg. When you arrive you are actually parking within the curve. When you look up from the parking lot, if there is a train at the time, it is quite a sight to see. There is a funicular...More

Thank Bill L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s a lot of fun to watch trains go by, but why am I paying eight dollars a person, including for kids, to stand on a platform outside with no bathrooms available? There’s not even running water in the visitor center! Visitor center staff provided...More

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Want to get close up and personal to the great American freight trains but in perfect safety then this is the place to go. Watch these powerful machines trundle past with their huge loads traversing the continent and helping the economy prosper. The view is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This sight is nice for just seeing the view of the area. My last trip I actually saw lots of trains. The trip before I did not see any. They have a nice gift shop and I enjoyed the tram up to the train tracks.

Thank Sbwalk44
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The small exhibition gives a nice summary of the importance of the Horseshoe curve to railroad history. Especially interesting is the map of the region.

Thank AnaLu M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was so much fun to check this place out. It was nice to see and just a cool little visit. Spent about a half hour there chilling. Neat!

Thank stm1258
Reviewed August 20, 2018

We saw many trains, my granddaughter wasn’t thrilled to go but wound up loving it. It is a very active track so you don’t have to wait long to see the trains, some are passenger and some are freight. The little funicular ride to the...More

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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Interesting films in the museum explain the railroad system growth and how horseshoe curve came to be. I was there mid-afternoon and was fortunate to see 5 trains pass through in the hour I was there.

Thank penjean312
Reviewed August 17, 2018

It has been many years since we stopped here, so we decided to make a detour here on our way to Western PA. The museum is smal, but well worth spending some time in. The incline ride to the top was different. We saw 2...More

1  Thank Tom B
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for the perfect picnic spot, you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer location. Horseshoe Bend is an engineering feat, a national historic site, and a beautiful spot in the West Pennsylvania mountains. A short tram ride lifts you to train...More

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Jessica H
September 13, 2018|
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Response from krpg2015 | Reviewed this property |
The museum at the curve is good enough to just take a break at. I wouldn’t go to the curve just for the museum. The museum in Altoona on the other hand is well worth it for all ages.
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TravelHelper2013
September 12, 2018|
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Response from engineerpat5290 | Reviewed this property |
There are two ways to get up to the curve stairs and a cable car. The parking lot is below the landmark. Once you go unto the tracks the views of the trains passing is breathtaking. This is a MUST do!!!
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Seaside218870
September 5, 2018|
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Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
The incline is fun, and the kids love it. Also - it is included in the price of your admission ticket! You should plan to ride it!!!
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