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5 Things You Must Do in Altoona

Altoona developed as a railroad town and was incorporated in the year 1867 though it was founded in 1849. The demand of locomotives fuelled the rise of the city. There are many historical sites in the city that are tourist attractions.

1. Visit Horseshoe Curve National Historical Landmark: Visit this historic landmark of a curved section of the rail track that facilitated the trains going to Pittsburg. An engineering marvel, it was declared as a Historic Landmark in 1966. It has a museum and a gift center and the tourists can walk the steps or ride the funicular. It is also a good picnic site.  

2. Go cave hunting: There are networks of caves around Altoona which can be explored to see the underground formation. The equipments can be rented from Nittany Grotto Club.

3. Catch a show of Altoona Symphony Orchestra: This 75 year old Symphony Orchestra is a leading Orchestra in Central Pennsylvania. It regularly gives performance in local Mishler Theatre.  

4. Go Rock Climbing: Altoona is in a mountainous region, so there are many rock climbing spots available near the city. Some of them are Coburn Area for beginners, Double Secret Quarry for people who are somewhat trained and for advance level try Huntingdon Rocks (be sure to ask locals for permission first).

5. Have a fun filled day in Whipple Dam State Park: Originally built for a saw mill, this dam is now a state park where one can boat, swim, hunt, see wildlife and do ice fishing in winter.  

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