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.

Best Western Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
Best Western Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
2.5 out of 5
7500 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg, PA
The price is ¥7,092 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Harrisburg, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Deer Valley Golf Course, Spring Gate Vineyard, and Antique Automobile Club of America Museum. Hershey's ...
3.9/5 Good! (985 reviews)
"Friendly clean establishment Breakfast was great lots of hot choices would go back again soon"

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Best Western Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
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 ¥7,278 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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! (985 reviews)
"An airport shuttle would be nice. Had a hard time getting a cab at 5 pm."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Best Western Plus Harrisburg East Inn & Suites
Hilton Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
3.5 out of 5
One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
The price is ¥17,129 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is steps from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square. Pennsylvania State Capitol and City ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Thought it was great that you had to use your room card on the elevator to get up to your floor."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Hilton Harrisburg
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Uptown Suite in the ❤️ of the City, Free Parking
Uptown Suite in the ❤️ of the City, Free Parking
Harrisburg, PA
The price is ¥9,820 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Situated in Harrisburg, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, and Pennsylvania ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Date get away
"Had a overnight get away for celebration. Was extremely pleased with how wonderful and cozy the home felt."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Uptown Suite in the ❤️ of the City, 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 ¥13,017 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Susquehanna River and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pennsylvania State Capitol and Pennsylvania Farm ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (764 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 Jan 1, 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 ¥14,501 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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 Jan 9, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Harrisburg North
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