Located in the heart of Pennsylvania lies Altoona, a destination that’s popular with railway enthusiasts. Altoona is home to the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, where three railway tracks curve together to reduce the grade into the Allegheny Mountains summit. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, this epic horseshoe-shaped design offers some of the most serene views in Pennsylvania. And if you visit during autumn? The views are even more vibrant and beautiful due to the fall foliage. It’s definitely worth booking a private flight to the jet charter airport in Altoona.
No matter where you visit in Altoona, you’ll find yourself surrounded with railway-inspired art and features. The Railroaders National Museum pays homage to the rail with interactive displays and exhibits, including a rail yard. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art boasts art inspired by the local scenery and, of course, trains and railways along its walls.
For travelers with littles in tow, the Lakemont Park promises fun for the whole family. Here you’ll find the oldest roller coaster in the world, a waterpark, go karts, playground, outdoor sports facilities, and so much more. If you have some extra time, visit Chimney Rocks Park for some of the best views in the area. It’ll be worth adding an extra day or two to your itinerary.