Harrisburg is a city bursting with history and excitement. Visitors wishing to experience that history have a number of attractions to choose from. These three places are a must-see for anyone traveling to or near Harrisburg:
1. The National Civil War Museum: People often have slightly differing impressions of what happened during the Civil War depending on where they came from. This museum strives to offer a factual, balanced picture of what life was like during a time that nearly tore the country in half.
Visitors to the National Civil War Museum will enjoy an opportunity for a self-guided tour, affording each visitor to pause and absorb those elements he or she feels most interesting. Guided tours are also available, but must be scheduled in advance. The museum often schedules special events which can be found on its website.
2. Pennsylvania State Capitol: Completed on August 15, 1906, this century-old piece of architecture was once deemed “the handsomest building ever seen” by President Theodore Roosevelt. Renaissance-inspired architecture combined with elements of Greek, Victorian, and Roman influences make the building a truly beautiful and unique structure.
Guided tours are offered to visitors regularly, but it’s best to schedule ahead. This is a popular destination for school field trips, and the Pennsylvania government does utilize the building for its intended purpose. However, all visitors to the Pennsylvania State Capitol agree that it was truly an experience worth taking.
3. Fort Hunter Mansion and Park: Situated magnificently on a bluff and overlooking the Susquehanna River, this Harrisburg destination offers breathtaking views of the landscape of the Blue Mountains. Steeped in rich history from serving as a war fort to becoming a thriving dairy farm, visitors can easily spend an entire day or more exploring the property.
While visitors may or may not need the best mosquito traps they can find to visit the park, they should be aware that much of the attraction is outdoors and insects can be annoying during summer evenings. Visitors should plan accordingly, bringing along cool clothes and bug repellent.