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Harrisburg Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in HarrisburgWhere to Stay
Harrisburg contains a range of accommodations for all budgets. A number of the high-end lodgings, like the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey and Wyndham Garden Hotel, are located closer to Hershey and Baltimore and contain facilities like gyms, business centers, pools and conference rooms. More budget hotels include the Comfort Inn, with multiple locations in town, and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
Take It or Leave It: Hotel prices in Harrisburg are generally less expensive than those in larger cities.
What to Eat
The city has a number of international options, from Cragin's Brick Haus's German cuisine to the Indian food served at Passage to India, both located downtown. Midtown contains a number of cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops which tend to be popular at lunch. Several bars, like Ceoltas Irish Pub and the Appalachian Brewing Company, serve up pub food along with a selection of drinks.
Caution: Restaurants tend to get busy on the weekends so plan in advance.
Things to See
One of the major attractions is the State Capitol Building which exhibits Renaissance-style architecture and contains murals, state artifacts,\ and sculptures. A number of art galleries, like the Susquehanna Art Museum and the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, also show off the city's love of art. The National Civil War Museum, located on Lincoln Circle, features presentations and exhibits on both sides of the American Civil War.
Take It or Leave It: Gallery Blu in midtown is a specialty gallery focusing on local artists.
Places to Party
The Appalachian Brewing Company and Troegs Brewing Company are two local breweries offering a selection of their in-house beverages, while the Red Door is a downtown wine bar featuring seasonal menus. The Dragonfly Club is the city's largest dance club, and features live entertainment and DJs, while Spy Club, in the building's basement, focuses on electronica. Cafe Fresco is a more relaxed drinking establishment featuring Asian cuisine, a large wine wine and drink menu, and live jazz music.
Hot Tips: A number of restaurants in the city offer happy hour specials on food and drinks.
Where to Shop
The city's downtown venues, like Strawberry Square and The Shops on Third, house small fashion, food and souvenir stores. The Broad Street Market specializes in Amish products and whole foods produce. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Cafe contains an extensive range of books and specializes in used academic books and textbooks.
Caution: The Shops on Third is considered a more upscale market, containing a number of high-end boutiques that are generally more expensive than other stores in the city.
Ready for Your Dream Vacation?
Located on the scenic Susquehanna River, Harrisburg has been Pennsylvania's state capital since 1812. The city's capitol dome dominates the skyline, and the design and feel of the city has been centuries in the making, with diverse neighborhood architecture ranging from Victorian and antebellum to Tudor and Georgian styles. Harrisburg also has a knack for mixing small town charm with big business, which makes for a progressive and festive community. The city boasts 27 parks, 200 community events, a 1200-acre greenbelt, and the lush Riverfront Park, which hosts the Harrisburg Symphony Barge Concerts and a AA baseball team, the Senators. The multicultural city is a center for the arts as well, with entertainment ranging from professional theater and jazz music to a myriad of works at the city's many galleries and museums. The appeal of its friendly people, diverse communities, and the scenic and quaint tranquility of its streets make Harrisburg a rare find. Check out our 10Best city guide for the best restaurants, attractions, shopping, nightlife, and lodging in Harrisburg.