Harrisburg

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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 Rs5,007 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Spring Gate Vineyard and within 6 miles (10 km) of Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace and Allyson ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (942 reviews)
"Great breakfast buffet and staff was first rate"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
3.5 out of 5
One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
The price is Rs11,185 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is steps away from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square. Pennsylvania State Capitol and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Very pleasant stay in Harrisburg. The hotel was clean as a whistle and the staff at the front desk overwhelming nice. The 1700 steakhouse was amazing. Totally suggest you make a reservation there when you stay."

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2022

Hilton Harrisburg
Holiday Inn Express - Harrisburg East, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express - Harrisburg East, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
4021 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA
The price is Rs6,642 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Allyson Miller CRNP and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kohl Memorial Park and National Civil ...
3.8/5 Good! (841 reviews)
"These fluffy comfy beds are exactly what this weary traveler needed! Clean room, modern amenities and friendly staff made my stay quite pleasant"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Holiday Inn Express - Harrisburg East, an IHG Hotel
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.
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 Rs8,874 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Susquehanna River and within 6 miles (10 km) of Pennsylvania State Capitol and Pennsylvania ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (766 reviews)
"Over all it was very clean and up to date it could have used a little better outside lighting in the parking lots."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2022

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 Rs9,469 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (218 reviews)
"The room was EXTREMELY clean, had a full kitchen with all utensils. Very convenient. Nice breakfast. Definitely would stay again."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

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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