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Pennsylvania State Capitol

Visit a majestic palace in the heart of Harrisburg and wander Pennsylvania’s halls of power in a building created as a tribute to art, freedom and democracy.

Such is the grandiose elegance of the Pennsylvania State Capitol that the palatial structure is impossible to miss when exploring Harrisburg. Don’t just observe it from the outside, however; step into its storied chambers to see even more of its beautiful design. Tours of the building offer a glimpse into Pennsylvania’s seat of government and allow visitors to appreciate the artistry of the rooms.

President Teddy Roosevelt himself presided over the opening of the Capitol in 1906. The extravagant building was constructed in the American Renaissance style, also seen in Washington D.C., and was intended as “palace of art.” Different projects added extra elements to the building over the following century, yet it maintains the elegant turn-of-the-century style that makes the National Historic Landmark so distinctive.

Amble around the square outside and admire every detail of the impressive exterior. Get out your camera for shots of the fountain by the East Wing, with the eye-catching building in the background. The 272-feet (83-meter) high dome in the Capitol's center is flanked on either side by symmetrical wings dotted with circular windows.

Delve into the heart of the building on a guided tour. For half an hour, you can explore the interior of one of Pennsylvania’s most impressive public buildings. Gaze upward at the domed ceiling of the Rotunda, where a circle of red and golden beams emanate from the center. Different styles are employed throughout the building, which draws on influences such as Roman and Victorian architecture.

Wander the halls of the Governor’s Reception Room, surrounded by hardwood panels, and the painting-lined Senate Chamber, which is lit by art nouveau chandeliers. The route takes you behind the scenes of Pennsylvania’s legislature, into the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court Chamber. Tours happen twice an hour throughout the week and four times a day on the weekend.

Find the Pennsylvania State Capitol in central Harrisburg, next to the State Museum and the Susquehanna River. On-street parking is available in the blocks surrounding the building.


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Hilton Harrisburg $135
Hilton Harrisburg

Hilton Harrisburg

One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is steps from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square. Pennsylvania State Capitol and City Island are also within 15 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 5-minute walk.

    Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey $99
    Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey

    Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey

    23 S 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Strawberry Square and UPMC Pinnnacle Harrisburg are also within 5 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 6 minutes by foot.

      Quirky Row House in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey
      Quirky Row House in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey

      Quirky Row House in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey

      Harrisburg, PA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from State Library of Pennsylvania and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square are also within 5 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 3-minute walk.

        Row House Loft in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions $124
        Row House Loft in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

        Row House Loft in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

        Harrisburg, PA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from State Library of Pennsylvania and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square are also within 5 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 3-minute walk.

          Artist Enclave in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions $118
          Artist Enclave in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

          Artist Enclave in Downtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

          Harrisburg, PA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from State Library of Pennsylvania and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square are also within 5 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 3-minute walk.

            Riverfront Penthouse Suite in Midtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions
            Riverfront Penthouse Suite in Midtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

            Riverfront Penthouse Suite in Midtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

            Harrisburg, PA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Harrisburg, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Holocaust Memorial and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Broad Street Market and Riverfront Park are also within 10 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 19 minutes by foot.

              Spacious Midtown HBG Home - Min From Farm Show Complex and Hersey Park
              Spacious Midtown HBG Home - Min From Farm Show Complex and Hersey Park

              Spacious Midtown HBG Home - Min From Farm Show Complex and Hersey Park

              Harrisburg, PA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Harrisburg, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Broad Street Market and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Holocaust Memorial and State Museum of Pennsylvania are also within 10 minutes. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 17 minutes by foot.

                Riverfront Urban Playground in Midtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions $126
                Riverfront Urban Playground in Midtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

                Riverfront Urban Playground in Midtown Harrisburg Near Hershey Attractions

                Harrisburg, PA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Harrisburg apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Holocaust Memorial, Broad Street Market, and Riverfront Park. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 19 minutes by foot.