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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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engineepat5290

If you want to see some back to back action, horseshoe curve is the place to go. I saw 14 trains... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
engineerpat5290
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Suffolk, Virginia
Great find on our way home...

We paid the $9 to take the funicular up to the top to see from that vantage point. It was beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
travelinsuemaryland
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An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“horseshoe curve” (132 reviews)
“gift shop” (42 reviews)
“trains pass” (17 reviews)
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1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
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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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"watch trains"
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"engineering feat"
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"train schedule"
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"small museum"
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"parking lot"
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"picnic tables"
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"long train"
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"railroad museum"
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"picnic lunch"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"love trains"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want to see some back to back action, horseshoe curve is the place to go. I saw 14 trains in two hours when I went last year. Very Impressive.

Thank engineerpat5290
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We paid the $9 to take the funicular up to the top to see from that vantage point. It was beautiful up there! We didn’t hang around for a train to come since it was very hot. Nice little souvenir shop, train set for the...More

1  Thank travelinsuemaryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of hours watching trains and having a picnic lunch. There are tables and running space for families with wee ones. A schedule of all the trains coming through, where they originated and where they are headed is available at visitor center On-site...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for any age -- a wonderful view of trains traveling around one of the engineering wonders of Pennsylvania. There's a small museum, a picnic area, a gift shop, restrooms, views of the trains next to the tracks, and a funicular to ride up or...More

1  Thank Barbara H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of a "Train" themed day....we stopped by on a Saturday and there were many trains navigating the "curve" that day so it made for a wonderful way to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds. Great family destination

Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even if you are not a railroad aficionado you will love this! Called the Horseshoe Curve because of the path the track follows. Almost in a circle around you. Enter the gift shop and take the tram the short distance up the cliff face. You...More

1  Thank DianeG0264
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views on the way to this location are awesome. I would like to see in the fall. We were lucky enough to see now one but two trains come through the horseshoe. The short film about the making of the horseshoe was really good....More

3  Thank Marty R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned to stop by and see Horseshoe Curve but I didn't realize really what it was. The tram ride to the top on the incline was quick and easy and then there is a lovely viewing area at the top in the middle...More

2  Thank Betsyat240
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For any rail fan visiting the area this stop is a must. Very active major rail line with easy access to the top using funicular (incline) for those with walking problems. Not uncommon for 60 or more trains to pass this location per day.

Thank harveylipshitz
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we first arrived and were in the parking lot, a train went around the curve and we were in awe of how it goes 3/4 of the way around you, but thought that was it. It is not. Go through the gift shop and...More

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78traveler
3 August 2018|
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Response from harveylipshitz | Reviewed this property |
After visiting both I'm a little confused myself by some of the answers you are getting. The Pennsylvania Railroaders Memorial Museum is in downtown Altoona (1300 9th st) and is 3 floors packed with stuff about the... More
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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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