Harrisburg, PA

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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $76 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Spring Gate Vineyard and within 6 mi (10 km) of Allyson Miller CRNP and Shoppes at Susquehanna ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (928 reviews)
"Hotel is clean and neat. The breakfast buffet provides enough choices. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The only negative was that you can hear the people in the adjoining room as if they're in your room. I traveled with my young kids and asked for a quiet room, but had neighbors that started ..."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham 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
The price is $103 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Kohl Memorial Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Allyson Miller CRNP and National Civil War Museum. Shoppes ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (956 reviews)
"Hotel was very nice and clean!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
Best Western Plus Harrisburg East Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Harrisburg East Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1344 Eisenhower Blvd, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $76 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Susquehanna River and within 6 mi (10 km) of Penn State Harrisburg and Allyson Miller CRNP. Kohl ...
3.8/5 Good! (943 reviews)
"Staff was great. They went above and beyond to assist me during my visit."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Best Western Plus Harrisburg East Inn & Suites
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.
Riverfront King Suite in Mansion with Free Parking
Riverfront King Suite in Mansion with Free Parking
Harrisburg, PA
The price is $104 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Situated in Harrisburg, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Holocaust Memorial and Broad Street Market. Pennsylvania National Fire Museum and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Excellent and thoughtful,extra lil things through prior communication w the host
"I would definitely go again as well as try other locations the host has!!! Really appreciated the host and attention to detail also a reflexology specialist living near buy w appointment heartnsole @ gmail.com"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Riverfront King Suite in Mansion with Free Parking
Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg East-Hershey Area PA
Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg East-Hershey Area PA
3 out of 5
3990 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $137 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Susquehanna River and within 6 mi (10 km) of Allyson Miller CRNP and Kohl Memorial Park. National ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (736 reviews)
"This is a beautiful property. Staff was courteous and helpful. Suite was spacious - would be really great for someone who needs an extended stay property. Would definitely book here again!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg East-Hershey Area PA
Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North
3 out of 5
2450 Brindle Drive, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $150 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace and within 3 mi (5 km) of Allyson Miller CRNP and Pennsylvania ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (181 reviews)
"The hotel was amazingly clean! There was not a single moment where we didn't see someone vacuuming, washing the floors or just working to make the guests feel as comfortable as possible! The breakfast that was offered in the morning also offered many unique and healthy options!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North
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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