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Altoona is located in Blair County in central Pennsylvania. As of 2006, the estimated population was 47,176. The Altoona metropolitan area includes all of Blair County and the population in 125,527, with approximately 105,000 living within a five-mile radius of the city of Altoona. The city of Altoona began as a railroad town and in recent years has seen an urban revitalization. The downtown area, which is the cultural and commercial center of the city, straddles the once-famous railroads. Popular landmarks in town include the Mishler Theatre, the Penn Alto building (formerly the Penn Alto Hotel), the Gables Building, City Hall, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the Jaffa Mosque Shrine Center, and Eleventh Avenue. The city is also home to the 75-year-old Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the Railroaders Memorial Museum, the Juniata Shops of the Altoona Works. Altoona is also home to the Altoona Curves baseball team of the Double A Eastern League, which is a Double A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona is recognized as one of the best athletic complexes in the state of Pennsylvania. The city is also home to several parks for public use. They range from simple green space with benches to full athletic fields and playground equipment.

Surrounding areas: Blue Knob, Pennsylvania (14.0 mi), Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania (18.8 mi), Bedford, Pennsylvania (35.0 mi)

Altoona Vacation Rentals

Altoona Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Altoona Courtyard By Marriott2 Convention Center DrAltoona, PA (814) 312-1800
Econo Lodge2906 Pleasant Vly BlvdAltoona, PA (814) 944-3555
Hampton Inn-altoona180 Charlotte DrAltoona, PA (814) 941-3500
Holiday Inn Express3306 Pleasant Vly BlvdAltoona, PA (814) 944-9661
Motel 61500 Sterling StAltoona, PA (814) 946-7601
Quality Inn2915 Pleasant Vly BlvdAltoona, PA (814) 944-4581
Ramada Inn Altoona1 Sheraton DrAltoona, PA (814) 946-1631
Super 8 Motel3535 Fairway DrAltoona, PA (814) 942-5350
Comfort Inn130 Patchway RdDuncansville, PA6.1 mi.(814) 693-1800
Wye Motor Lodge200 N & 220 Buisness StDuncansville, PA6.9 mi.(814) 695-4407
Parkway MotelR D 1Portage, PA17.1 mi.(814) 736-3378
Howard Johnson Lodge4848 Admiral Perry HwyEbensburg, PA17.5 mi.(814) 472-7201
Comfort Inn100 S 4th StHuntingdon, PA20.3 mi.(814) 643-1600
Days Inn Huntingdon4TH St & US Rt 22Huntingdon, PA20.3 mi.(814) 643-3934
Vista Vu MotelRR 3 Box 284Huntingdon, PA20.3 mi.(814) 643-2544
Super 8 Motel627 Solomon Run RdJohnstown, PA27.3 mi.(814) 535-5600
Main Liner MotelRR 3 Box 115Philipsburg, PA27.6 mi.(814) 342-2004
Super 8 Motel FranklinRRT 2 Box 97Franklin, PA28.5 mi.(814) 432-2101
Hampton Inn129 Commerce CtJohnstown, PA28.6 mi.(814) 262-7700
Murphy Inn132 Penmar LnJohnstown, PA28.9 mi.(814) 266-4800
Sleep Inn453 Theatre DrJohnstown, PA29.1 mi.(814) 262-9292
Holiday Inn Express1440 Scalp AveJohnstown, PA29.7 mi.(814) 266-8789
Days Inn1540 Scalp AveJohnstown, PA29.8 mi.(814) 269-3366

Altoona Weather & Climate

East Central Pennsylvania has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot with humidity, falls and springs are generally mild, and winters are cold with snow although the snowfall is variable. Some winters bring only a dusting of snow, while others bring several major snowstorms. The average annual snowfall is 19.3 inches. Precipitation is generally spread throughout the year, with eight to eleven wet days per month. In summer, it's common to have heat waves accompanied by high humidity and thunderstorms. Severe weather is possible, in the form of blizzards in the wintertime and tornados in the summer, although these type of storms are not the norm.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 34°F 18°F 2.79 in. -
February 38°F 19°F 2.61 in. -
March 47°F 27°F 3.64 in. -
April 60°F 37°F 3.67 in. -
May 70°F 47°F 4.41 in. -
June 78°F 55°F 4.28 in. -
July 81°F 60°F 4.03 in. -
August 80°F 58°F 3.25 in. -
September 74°F 52°F 4.04 in. -
October 62°F 40°F 3.38 in. -
November 51°F 33°F 3.66 in. -
December 39°F 23°F 2.93 in. -

Altoona Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County airport (JST) located about 27 miles southwest of Altoona in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the Mid State airport (PSB) located approximately 29 miles northeast of Altoona in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, the University Park airport (UNV) located roughly 36 miles northeast of Altoona in State College, Pennsylvania, the Du Bois Jefferson County airport (DUJ) located around 52 miles northwest of Altoona in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, and finally the Arnold Palmer Regional airport (LBE) located about 55 miles west of Altoona in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Altoona Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lakemont ParkAltoonaPA 
DelGrosso's Amusement ParkTiptonPA9.6 mi.
Idlewild ParkLigonierPA48.3 mi.
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA75.9 mi.
Kennywood ParkWest MifflinPA78.2 mi.
Water Parks
Sandcastle Water ParkPittsburghPA84.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Greenwood Golf CourseAltoonaPA 
Park Hills Country ClubAltoonaPA 
Sinking Valley Country ClubAltoonaPA 
Sylvan Hills Golf CourseHollidaysburgPA6.9 mi.
Summit Country ClubCressonPA11.3 mi.
Immergrun Golf ClubLorettoPA12.4 mi.
Blue Knob Golf ClubClaysburgPA16.1 mi.
Iron Masters Country ClubRoaring SpringPA16.4 mi.
Appledale Public GolfingEbensburgPA17.3 mi.
Ebensburg Country ClubEbensburgPA17.3 mi.
Maple Crest Golf CoursePortagePA17.4 mi.
Standing Stone Golf ClubHuntingdonPA20.4 mi.
King Valley Golf CourseImlerPA23.0 mi.
Chetremon Golf CourseCherry TreePA26.3 mi.
Scenic Valley Golf CourseFinleyvillePA27.9 mi.
Grandview Golf CourseGrampianPA28.6 mi.
Grandview Golf CourseYorkPA28.6 mi.
Bethlehem Golf CourseBethlehemPA29.4 mi.
Green Pond Country ClubBethlehemPA29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Blue KnobClaysburgPA15.6 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA54.3 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD83.5 mi.
Ski DentonCoudersportPA89.0 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA94.0 mi.
State Parks
Canoe Creek State ParkPA7.1 mi. 
Prince Gallitzin State ParkPA12.6 mi. 
Trough Creek State ParkPA19.6 mi. 
Blue Knob State ParkPA19.8 mi. 
Warriors Path State ParkPA23.9 mi. 
Curwensville State ParkPA30.1 mi. 
Whipple Dam State ParkPA30.2 mi. 
Black Moshannon State ParkPA31.4 mi. 
Yellow Creek State ParkPA33.0 mi. 
Greenwood Furnace State ParkPA34.4 mi. 
Shawnee State ParkPA36.6 mi. 
Penn Roosevelt State ParkPA39.0 mi. 
Juniata College Museum of ArtHuntingdonPA20.3 mi.(Art)
Johnstown Flood MuseumJohnstownPA30.8 mi.(History)
Frost Entomological MuseumState CollegePA33.8 mi.(Science)
Old Bedford VillageBedfordPA35.0 mi.(History)
Jimmy Stewart MuseumIndianaPA40.4 mi.(History)
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery CenterPunxsutawneyPA42.1 mi.(Science)
Compass Inn MuseumLaughlintownPA47.3 mi.(History)
Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western PennsylvaniaNew AlexandriaPA54.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Pittsburgh ZooPittsburghPA84.3 mi.
National Aviary in PittsburghPittsburghPA84.3 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA88.2 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA93.2 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA111.1 mi.

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