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Book Your Bus Rental to Cruise Through Altoona, PA - The Railroad State

Visit Railroad Museums, Theaters and the World’s Oldest Wooden Roller Coaster

Altoona Pennsylvania was built around the railroad industry and was founded in 1849 primarily as a site for a maintenance complex. The city has, most definitely, gone beyond being just a transportation hub. Moving beyond being a railroad town, residents are passionate about sports, the general outdoors (it was known as ‘The Mountain City’) and its Lakemont Park, where the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster is located. Lying just at the base of Brush Mountain, the weather in Altoona is described as humid continental weather, so, any time is a good time for a visit. You can also make some time for Antis, Tyrone, Allegheny, Logan and Frankstown which are neighboring townships located a few short drives away.

Downtown Altoona is strategically-located right smack in the middle of the city center. It serves as a cultural and commercial hub for surrounding townships, communities and neighborhoods. Unsurprisingly, many parts of Altoona’s downtown metropolis is listed under the National Register of Historic Places, collectively known as Downtown Altoona Historic District.  Be sure to bring the Altoona charter bus to important landmarks like Penn Alto Building, Mishler Theater, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Lutheran Church and then you can finish up the tour with a shopping trip to the ever popular Station Mall.

We work closely with event organizers, wedding planners and tour organizers throughout Pennsylvania. Let US Coachways help take the tiring task of planning the transportation plans for your event, be it a wedding, bachelor party, school trip, church outing, corporate function, exhibition, meeting, airport transfer or tour. Our charter bus rental bus booking packages includes helping you find the best vehicle, charter bus driver, dispatcher and other staff that can be of use to your event. 

Visit Quaint Little Italy and Gorgeous Churches Affordably

With a charter bus, you can easily get from Lakemont Park to Penn Alto Building and City Hall in a matter of minutes. Altoona has a long history of being a railroad and transportation hub so, here is a place you can completely immerse yourself in rail travel history.  But that is not all; check out other points of interest while you are here too.

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  • Entertainment & Amusement Parks — Mishler Theater is both a historical landmark and an entertainment center in Altoona PA. The theater was previously in a state of disrepair because of misuse and fire for a period of time; therefore, the theater was considered for demolition. Thanks to Blair County Arts Foundation, who purchased the theater, the building, was revived instead. Today, the building is home to Blair County Arts Foundation and has a second role as a family theater. It also hosts the annual Blair County Arts Festival, a fun and lively festival that locals look forward to.  When the weather permits, be sure to stop by at Lakemont Park, the eighth oldest theme park in the United States. The park is home to the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster. Many groups organize day-trips to Lakemont every summer. If Lakemont isn’t your type of park, get the charter bus driver to make the 10-minute trip out to Tipton for a day of outdoor recreational activities at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park instead.
  • Art & Cultural — Little Italy of Altoona PA is nothing short of warm and welcoming. Primarily an urban residential area, this ethnic enclave is also a haven for Italian goods, food and you simply can’t escape the wide variety of Italian restaurants and cafes!
  • Restaurants & Shopping — If there is one delicacy you would want to hunt down when visiting Altoona, it would be the original Texas Hot Dog. The NJ Texas Hot Dog may have made a bigger name for itself, history tells us that the very first Texas Hot Dog has its roots in this smaller town.
  • Golf Courses & Sports Venues - Along Park Avenue lies an Altoona hidden gem that is Galactic Ice. The locals love to bring their families over during the weekend for a few rounds of skating and hockey. Don’t worry about not knowing how to skate because there are lessons for simple skating and basic figure skating. Most importantly, the rink is clean and well-maintained.
  • Historical Sites & Landmarks — With a charter bus, check out Penn Alto Building, also known as City Hall Commons and a landmark building in downtown Altoona. It was previously known as Penn Alto Apartments and Penn Alto Hotel. The building located right next to City Hall, was designed by H.L. Stevens & Company back in 1921. Another interesting site to check out is Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at One Cathedral Square. The Baroque-style church was called a mother church for Roman Catholic Diocese Altoona-Johnstown. Having had its economy previously dominated by the railroad industry means that there will countless museums dedicated to the industry’s history. Try hitting up Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site on Federal Park to learn about the city and residents’ cultural history. Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark is where you can learn about the unusual railroad which was turned into a tourist attraction with a large observation deck beside its track. The people manning its new visitor’s center tell you personal stories about the unique rail system too.
  • Parks & Outdoor Activities —  Looking for a place or park to hold a gathering or picnic in Altoona? Give Highland Park a try as they offer disc golf facility as well as picnic tables, restrooms, benches, pavilions and a lot of space to explore. Between Allegheny and Gallitzin Tunnels lies a small park and museum that has nothing but rail lines and tunnels as its theme. It depicts how the many tunnels with their railroads pierce its way through the heart of Allegheny Mountains and its neighboring landscapes.
  • Other Points of Interest — If you have a few hours to spare, give Lemon House a quick visit. The inn was owned by Sam and Jean Lemon who ran the business successfully when the nearby railway was operating. Located right at the top of the highest point, visitors are rewarded with a calming, serene and tranquil view from afar.

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