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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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Vegas of Rail Fans!! Must visit

If you love watching trains , then this place is for you. We saw trains at at least 15 mins... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
harsha r
Just passing through

We were driving from Altoona to Gallitzin when we stopped here for a few minutes. Took a few... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Anna V
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West Valley City, Utah
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An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“horseshoe curve” (128 reviews)
“gift shop” (40 reviews)
“trains pass” (16 reviews)
LOCATION
1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
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+1 814-941-7743
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"horseshoe curve"
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"gift shop"
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"trains pass"
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"viewing area"
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"train watching"
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"engineering feat"
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"train schedule"
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"small museum"
in 14 reviews
"long train"
in 8 reviews
"parking lot"
in 15 reviews
"picnic lunch"
in 10 reviews
"picnic tables"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"love trains"
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"train enthusiasts"
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"both directions"
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"railroad museum"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you love watching trains , then this place is for you. We saw trains at at least 15 mins interval while we were there. We were lucky to see 3 trains passing by simultaneously as well. Rail engineers and conductors wave at fans every...More

Thank harsha r
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were driving from Altoona to Gallitzin when we stopped here for a few minutes. Took a few pictures, it really doesn't take long to see it all.

Thank Anna V
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were surprised at how much we enjoyed our visit to the Horseshoe Curve. Six long freight trains came through in less than 30 minutes during our Saturday afternoon visit. Make sure to pick up a free train schedule in the gift shop. The times...More

Thank Janis C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the ability to watch trains close up and found the history of the tracks interesting. There is a little museum, gift shop, and a small incline that takes visitors up close to the tracks, which are still in use. We were there for about...More

Thank Dan R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed stopping by and are glad we paid the admission fee to walk to the top. I think $8 per person is too high however. You don't actually get to see the aerial view of the tracks that are shown in most photos...More

3  Thank Katherine V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really cool place to visit. The cost is $8.00 per person. You can take the tram up or walk up the stairs. We took the tram! It is beautiful at the top and we were able to see two trains on the...More

1  Thank Leaner65
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Words can not describe this place. This was once called the eighth wonder of the world. If you like to watch trains, this is the place. 50 trains on average go by here each day. If you want a taste of what you'd see here,...More

1  Thank stephencX1336AO
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

If you are a train fan a must go. But it’s either a long trek up the stairs or a funicular on the hour and half hour. It is only open till 6. Impressive feat of engineering. Amazing view.

Thank AngelFallLove
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We lucked out because there were two freight trains approaching from opposite directions. They met right where we were standing. People who gave one star reviews are being ridiculous. Yes, you have to pay 10 or $11 for admission. However that also includes a museum...More

Thank trggggg
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim and I am so glad we did. It's a beautiful view. We got to see 3 trains go by and it was super exciting. There is an incline you can ride up or many, many, many steps. If you...More

Thank Jennifer K
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Brandi C
20 June 2018|
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Response from terry1232017 | Reviewed this property |
He would have no trouble in the museum and gift shop. It is indoors and level. The view from the top is a must to see and there is a "elevator" or "cable car" to take him up to there. Once to the top there are benches and... More
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Isabel T
29 September 2017|
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Response from KPKOREN | Reviewed this property |
We were there September 14-20 and the trees were just barely starting to change color. I'm sure by now, the colors should be really be 'in bloom'. Ken Koren La Grange Park, Il
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TravelHelper2013
13 May 2017|
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
There is a stair case right to the top that you can use at will and a cable car that runs every 30 minutes. I can't see a way to escape the admission fee. You could get caught by a worker.
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