Duration: Two days and two nights
Trail hopping in the Alleghenies is equal parts water, forest and a bit of railroad lore. It's a hiker and biker wonderland, with endless trail combinations to explore, and a place for solitude and a bit of sightseeing on the side. Over the river and through the woods and around the Horseshoe Curve - these trails really mix it up, all in the unspoiled wilderness of the Alleghenies.
Load up the bikes and head to Rock ‘N’ Ridge in Blue Knob State Park, named for its majestic dome-shaped mountain, which happens to be the second highest mountain in PA. With 18 miles of trails for hiking and many designated trails for biking, there is much to enjoy and experience at this state park. Try the Chappells Field Trail for a great beginner’s challenge, or the Crist Ridge for the more experienced.Read More >
After all the trail hopping, it's time for a trail of another kind - a short walking tour of Altoona. The city found its origin as one of the great railroad towns in America, and Altoona still honors its history at the Railroaders Memorial Museum.Read More >
Head to the museum on Ninth Avenue and learn about Altoona's role in the American Industrial Revolution, and how Altoona had the largest rail repair shop in the world in 1945.Read More >
Walk a few blocks over to Twelfth Avenue and you'll see the Mishler Theatre built in 1906. The history is worth the stop, and you'll understand why it used to hold its own with Broadway attracting the top stage, opera and concert hall talent.Read More >
On Fourteenth Avenue you'll get a taste of the magnificent homes built in the late 19th century, thanks to all the railroad money. Stroll along the old Victorians, Gothic Revivals and Queen Annes, admiring the past and how it still holds up today.Read More >
There are two ways to get to this uniquely shaped railroad track. One is the Funicular, an incline plane that'll take you to the top of the hill. Secondly, you have the option of hiking there. Both methods are camera-worthy, and a great way to take in the incredible engineering feat of it all. And to think it was built in 1854. Bring your conductor's hat, or pick one up in the Visitor's Center - home to lots of descriptive displays that help you appreciate the work involved in building... Read More >
No, not the railroad tracks again. It's the local minor league baseball team - the AA affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates™. Catch a game under the lights in what's widely considered the finest minor league ballpark in the country. With the Allegheny Mountains as a backdrop, there really isn't a more scenic or intimate way to watch a baseball game.Read More >
By now you'll have walked-up an appetite - hop over to Thirteenth Avenue to Tom and Joe's, a brick diner that's been in Altoona for over 75 years. And you'll know why once you try a malt or a burger and just about anything from the kitchen.Read More >
After a hard day on the trails, it's worth treating yourself to a great meal at Jethro's. We recommend trying their famous ribs, steaks or specialty seafood dishes. To really reward yourself, order the Peanut Butter Meltaway — it's worth every bite.Read More >
This quaint hotel is located in the old railroading town of Altoona, just minutes away from the Railroaders Museum and Lakemont Amusement Park. Be sure to relax your muscles in the heated indoor pool before you curl up and fall into an easy sleep in one of Hampton’s comfortable guest rooms or one-bedroom suites. This hotel is the perfect place to rest after a day of outdoor activities.Read More >
First things first. Grab a homestyle breakfast at Top's Diner off Route 22, preferably a “Capone” omelet or the hot cakes, you'll need your energy for Raystown Lake. The massive freshwater lake offers a mile-long walk along the Hillside Nature Trail. Later you might stroll along the Old Logger’s Trail and look at exhibits on forest management practices, or test your strength on the 30-mile Terrace Mountain Trail around the eastern length of the lake.... Read More >
Boxer’s CafÃ© has been the choice pub of Huntingdon residents and visitors for more than 20 years. Guests love the friendly and open atmosphere of the restaurant, but especially enjoy the mouth-watering burgers and fries accompanied by a delicious brew. Vegetarians don’t need to worry about missing out though — Boxer’s CafÃ© offers a varied menu including meatless options.Read More >
Built in 1849, this mansion served as a home to the Elias Baker family. Today, it's looked upon as a beloved community landmark. Back in 2001 an exterior rehabilitation restored it to its original beauty, and if you stop by, they'll be happy to give a look around.
You'll feel like a member of the Continental Army when you step into this Revolutionary War stockade surrounding six log cabins. This fort was built in 1778, and although it's now reconstructed, it still looks the part.
This amusement park has been around since 1894, which makes it one of the oldest in the United States. But don't worry, Lakemont Park still knows how to party. A ride on Leap-the-Dips is an absolute must. It's the world's oldest roller coaster, you know.
DelGrosso's Amusement Park
Can't get enough amusement parks? Be sure to stop by DelGrosso's, which has been in the care of the DelGrosso family since 1946. Spend the day on fun rides such as the Paratrooper and Scrambler, and cool yourself off in the waterpark!