If work or pleasure takes you to Harrisburg, start with a tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol. The Italian Renaissance architecture, including dome ceilings, murals and grand staircases, was lauded by President Teddy Roosevelt for its beauty. Learn about the heritage and history of the state at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and then continue walking through history at the National Civil War Museum. Head to City Island on a clear day and enjoy the miniature golf and arcades, or walk the trails. You can rent a kayak or canoe and go out on the Susquehanna River.
Harrisburg is in central Pennsylvania, and is easy to reach by car or by flying in to Harrisburg International Airport (HIA). You can take a taxi, bus, rental car or shuttle from the airport to your hotel. The Capital Area Transit Company bus system is an easy way to navigate this city. Hotels are scattered throughout the area, so you can choose one near the sites you want to visit.
Harrisburg has a rich background as a major site for rail and water transportation, in early United States history. It also served as a battlefield setting during the Civil War. This part of the country experiences all four seasons; moderate temperatures make spring and fall the best times to visit.