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Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

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Funicular was fun!

We had family in town from out of state and several in our family are railroad buffs, so we planned... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
North Carolina
Altoona Railroad History

The Horseshoe Curve is an engineering marvel and excellent stop of one of the many railroad... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
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An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.
1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA
+1 814-941-7743
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had family in town from out of state and several in our family are railroad buffs, so we planned to go here while everyone was together. Despite the cold weather, we enjoyed the day. My favorite part was taking the Funicular incline to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelingtips
Reviewed 6 November 2018

The Horseshoe Curve is an engineering marvel and excellent stop of one of the many railroad historical sites in Altoona. You are almost guaranteed to see a train passing around the Curve and you can obtain a schedule in the gift shop. There is also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tpann
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

The wife and I had a great time. Spent several hours there. Would recommend seeing it. Especially if you like trains.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Arnold P
Reviewed 4 November 2018

This is an amazing place to watch a whole lot of horsepower pull train after train both directions. Combine your visit here with the Railroad Museum in downtown Altoona, and it's one fee for both.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jim R
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Very pretty. Amazing how and why this was built. Short movies explaining the history of the curve. Lovely gift shop

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 58girlcave
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Part of railroaders museum, if your into trains, this is a must see, while there we saw about 4 trains go by (on a Sunday!) also on site is a gift shop, small museum & a cable car looking transport to take you up to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank club212rookie
Reviewed 15 October 2018

There was trains about every 20-30 minutes and the Visitor Center has the schedule. The museum has about 5 10-20 minutes videos on the Curve, which does explain the history of the Curve, how and why it was build. Nice scenic area.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Night_Owl1026
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Stopped here while on vacation. Museum informative. Road inclined plane to top of mountain. Enjoyed watching several trains passing by on curve to go from one side of mountain to the side of next mountain at different elevation . Nice picnic area at top and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank djstu4
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Having lived in Altoona for the last 8 years, I thought this little trip was somewhat mandatory. Disappointed to discover the price for us to walk to the top - no desire to take the cart. While it was educational and had a beautiful view...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Laura T
Reviewed 28 September 2018

This was our second trip to Horseshoe Curve and it did not disappoint with the amount of trains coming by. You can bring your own seat or use on of the picnic tables or park benches there. We went for parts of two different days...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Greengal2013
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Jessica H
14 September 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.
13 September 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!!!
6 September 2018|
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Response from A3698YVjonc | Reviewed this property |
194 - was a nice walk with several landings where you can stop.