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

Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North
Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North
2 out of 5
400 Corporate Cir, Harrisburg, PA, 17110
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,364 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Harrisburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Is was okay"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North
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
The price is ¥16,129 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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! (1,004 reviews)
"We had the best stay here! The room was very clean, the staff were the friendliest people you could meet, and the breakfast at the pub was delicious. Special shout out to our waiter Scott at the pub, who absolutely made my kids day with his humor and kindness! Will definitely be staying here ..."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey
2.5 out of 5
265 N Hershey Rd, Harrisburg, PA, 17112
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,495 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Harrisburg. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (211 reviews)
"Staff was extremely friendly and went out of his way to help"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey
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.
Free Breakfast. Indoor Pool. Gym. Great Location! Quick Drive to Hersheypark
Free Breakfast. Indoor Pool. Gym. Great Location! Quick Drive to Hersheypark
Harrisburg, PA
The price is ¥23,215 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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

Free Breakfast. Indoor Pool. Gym. Great Location! Quick Drive to Hersheypark
Across from Capital and only 20 minutes from Hershey Park
Across from Capital and only 20 minutes from Hershey Park
Harrisburg, PA
Stay at this apartment in Harrisburg. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and State Library of Pennsylvania ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Clean, Neat, Great Location
"Centrally located in the town, parking was fairly easy on the street for a downtown city location. Had a decent stay, everything worked and balcony was nice, pretty little courtyard and it was quiet for the most part. One caveat, the front door to the bldg is always left open or even left ajar which ..."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Across from Capital and only 20 minutes from Hershey Park
Luxurious Home Away at Berkstone
Luxurious Home Away at Berkstone
Harrisburg, PA
Stay at this vacation home in Harrisburg. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Giant Center and Hershey's Chocolate World are ...
Luxurious Home Away at Berkstone
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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