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HarrisburgUnited States of America

Visit Pennsylvania’s capital to discover fascinating American Civil War history, some of the state’s best museums and glorious Victorian and neoclassical architecture

Harrisburg is full of attractions for American history buffs and features one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the American Civil War. While the American Civil War never quite reached Harrisburg, it still changed the city forever. Located within 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the Mason-Dixon Line, Pennsylvania’s state capital was a major point of deployment for Union troops. Learn about the local history and discover some of Pennsylvania’s most prized buildings and cultural institutions.

Harrisburg became Pennsylvania’s state capital in 1812 due to its location in the heart of the state. Don’t miss the stunning neoclassical Pennsylvania State Capitol building, completed in 1906. Take a half-hour guided tour of the capitol to see the frescoes painted throughout the grand interior.

Explore one of Harrisburg’s most famous attractions, the National Civil War Museum. See 25,000 American Civil War artifacts in this museum’s collection, including rifles, uniforms and many Civil War-era documents. While some of the objects were possessions of Civil War leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, others belonged to average soldiers. Both Union and Confederate soldiers are buried in the Harrisburg Cemetery, located just east of the city center.

Harrisburg’s other museums provide information on the city’s earlier history. Visit the Fort Hunter Mansion on the site of an old British military fort built in 1756 to prepare for the French and Indian War. Take a guided tour of the colonial mansion or explore the 40-acre (16-hectare) grounds, which lie along the Susquehanna River. Visit the State Museum of Pennsylvania to see some of the state’s most interesting findings in archaeology and paleontology, including a mastodon skeleton unearthed in nearby Marshalls Creek.

To reach Harrisburg, take a bus or a train from Philadelphia, which is located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast. After your visit, find more Civil War history in Gettysburg, a 45-minute drive south from Harrisburg.

Where to stay in Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State Capitol which includes a square or plaza, heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

Downtown Harrisburg

3/5(4 area reviews)

Downtown Harrisburg is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Pennsylvania State Capitol and Strawberry Square while in the area.

Downtown Harrisburg

Top Hotels in Harrisburg

Hampton Inn Harrisburg-East/Hershey
Hampton Inn Harrisburg-East/Hershey
2.5 out of 5
4230 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $83 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 4 mi (6.5 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pennsylvania State Capitol and Hershey's ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (905 reviews)

"This hotel is spotless! Beautiful, clean, comfortable & I think newly renovated!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Hampton Inn Harrisburg-East/Hershey
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Harrisburg Northeast (Hershey), PA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Harrisburg Northeast (Hershey), PA
3 out of 5
8000 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $74 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated in Harrisburg, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Hollywood Casino, and Deer Valley Golf Course. Hershey's ...

4/5Very Good! (1,076 reviews)

"I liked everything! It was so clean, the staff was so friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Harrisburg Northeast (Hershey), PA
Hilton Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
3.5 out of 5
One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $135 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is steps from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square. Pennsylvania State Capitol and City ...

4.1/5Very Good! (923 reviews)

"Clean, great staff, killer food! Only downside would be all the homeless roaming the streets, parking garage and ally’s in area...not thier fault but definitely a downside to the overall experience..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Hilton Harrisburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Harrisburg

Staybridge Suites Harrisburg
Staybridge Suites Harrisburg
3 out of 5
920 Wildwood Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $93 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dorothea Dix Library and Museum and Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Wildwood Park and Pennsylvania ...

4.3/5Excellent! (592 reviews)
Stay at Staybridge

"Loved this hotel and great service I stay for a week because it was that great"…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Staybridge Suites Harrisburg
Lovely Harrisburg Home 20 Mins to Hershey Park!
Lovely Harrisburg Home 20 Mins to Hershey Park!
Harrisburg, PA

Located in Harrisburg, this family-friendly vacation home is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shoppes ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Would recommend this cottage to anyone!!!

"This place was everything and more than we expected, we spent most of our time in the Gazebo out back and made the best memories. Place was clean and checking In and checking out was as easy as can be! Kurt the property manager was amazing!! He made sure we were comfortable and was prompt with his ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Lovely Harrisburg Home 20 Mins to Hershey Park!
☆ Riverfront Penthouse Suite ☆
☆ Riverfront Penthouse Suite ☆
Harrisburg, PA

Situated on the waterfront, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Holocaust Memorial and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great for a bachelorette party

"Beautiful property with a great view. We enjoyed our time here, and the property owner was very responsive and accommodating!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

☆ Riverfront Penthouse Suite ☆
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Harrisburg

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 22.105263157894736%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.230576441102755%
3 - Okay
456
3 - Okay 22.857142857142858%
2 - Disappointing
36
2 - Disappointing 1.8045112781954886%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.0025062656641603%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

Mostly stayed in, due to COVID. Brought our own wine.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

Harrisburg is my city. I was born and raised here and I can say that Harrisburg has come a long way.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Some areas were a little too abandoned looking for my taste.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

The town was nice, the ramada inn needs an overhaul and new management.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

Farm show complex events great

3/5 - Okay

Dan

Mar 4, 2020

Didn’t have time to do anything. Just passing through.

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