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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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Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey $102
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey

Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey

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

    Located in the heart of Harrisburg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 6 minutes by foot.

    Hilton Harrisburg $163
    Hilton Harrisburg

    Hilton Harrisburg

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

      Located in the heart of Harrisburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 5-minute walk.

      Quality Inn Riverfront $72
      Quality Inn Riverfront

      Quality Inn Riverfront

      525 S Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Harrisburg, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 14 minutes by foot.

        Row House Loft in Downtown Harrisburg
        Row House Loft in Downtown Harrisburg

        Row House Loft in Downtown Harrisburg

        Harrisburg, PA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Harrisburg, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of State Library of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 3-minute walk.

          Artist Enclave in Downtown Harrisburg
          Artist Enclave in Downtown Harrisburg

          Artist Enclave in Downtown Harrisburg

          Harrisburg, PA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Harrisburg, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of State Library of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is only a 3-minute walk.

            Walk To Everything In Downtown Harrisburg - Super Convenient - Private Parking
            Walk To Everything In Downtown Harrisburg - Super Convenient - Private Parking

            Walk To Everything In Downtown Harrisburg - Super Convenient - Private Parking

            Harrisburg, PA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the center of Harrisburg, this family-friendly vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Broad Street Market and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 16 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 within a 15-minute walk of Broad Street Market and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 1.9 mi (3 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 18 minutes by foot.

                Riverfront Vintage Wonderland in Midtown HBG
                Riverfront Vintage Wonderland in Midtown HBG

                Riverfront Vintage Wonderland in Midtown HBG

                Harrisburg, PA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Harrisburg, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Holocaust Memorial and Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Harrisburg Transportation Center is 19 minutes by foot.