Harrisburg, WI

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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

Baymont by Wyndham Harrisburg
Baymont by Wyndham Harrisburg
2.5 out of 5
5680 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg, PA, 17112
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $67 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$67
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Harrisburg. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
Another Nice Stay
"Stayed here last year while attending the Pa. Christmas show and was pleased with the hotel. Had the same room this year oddly enough. Great stay this time as well however the heating unit has some weird vibration which can get a little loud but otherwise no issues."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
3.5 out of 5
One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17101
The price is $144 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18
$144
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Harrisburg. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Central location, professional staff, clean"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Hilton Harrisburg
Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
3 out of 5
800 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA, 17111
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$96
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Harrisburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Repeat visits. Recommended for visitors."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
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.
Shipoke Grand HBG-Hershey Unit w/ Private Balcony
Shipoke Grand HBG-Hershey Unit w/ Private Balcony
Harrisburg, PA
Stay at this vacation home in Harrisburg. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and Susquehanna River are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Close to UPMC
"I stayed here while my husband had surgery and was recovering at the hospital. The place is very comfortable. Owners thought of everything. Close to the hospital. 5 stars"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Shipoke Grand HBG-Hershey Unit w/ Private Balcony
Riverfront King Suite in Mansion with Free Parking
Riverfront King Suite in Mansion with Free Parking
Harrisburg, PA
Stay at this apartment in Harrisburg. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Holocaust Memorial and Broad Street Market are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
This place is special, can t enough good things.
"Nothing but wonderful things to say about this property. The host are very helpful and attentive and in one case saw I had no toaster and actually went and bought one. Much much better than staying in a hotel at the equivalent. My only concern is that it will be too popular and I wont be able to ..."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Riverfront King Suite in Mansion with Free Parking
Indoor Pool. Gym. Quick Drive to Hersheypark
Indoor Pool. Gym. Quick Drive to Hersheypark
Harrisburg, PA
Stay at this condo in Harrisburg. Enjoy free breakfast, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Dorothea ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Everything was great except the pool was too small and not deep enough. Breakfast was fabulous! Beds were so soft and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Indoor Pool. Gym. Quick Drive to Hersheypark
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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