We invite you to experience the beauty of The Alleghenies in Central Pennsylvania. All four seasons offer great outdoor activities; fascinating historical landmarks and museums; railroad attractions; fun filled, free admission amusement parks; shopping centers and quaint specialty shops; a spectacular AA baseball park and more. The city of Altoona and the charming towns that surround it are full of hospitality filled locally owned and operated restaurants offering the best tastes of The Alleghenies.
Altoona is a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania. The Altoona MSA includes all of Blair County and had an estimated population of 125,527 in 2007.
Having grown around the railroad industry, the city is currently working to recover against industrial decline and urban decentralization over the past several decades. The city is home to the Altoona Curve baseball team of the Double A Eastern League, which is the Double A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It also houses the 75+ year-old Altoona Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Teresa Cheung. Prominent landmarks include the Horseshoe Curve, the Railroaders Memorial Museum, the Mishler Theatre, the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and the Jaffa Mosque.
Altoona is also the home of the Sheetz headquarters. Sheetz is one of the largest convenience store and gas station chains in the country, with stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Because of this, many Sheetz stores are located in and around Altoona.