The capital city of the Pennsylvania state in the United States and the county seat of Dauphin County is Harrisburg. The ninth largest city in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is situated on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 169 kilometres west-northwest of Philadelphia and 328km east of Pittsburgh. The city covers a total area of 30 square kilometres, of which 21 square kilometres is land and 8.5 square kilometres is water. Climate in Harrisburg is described as a variable, four-season climate. It lies between the humid subtropical and humid continental zones.
What to see & do
As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is an important location for statewide transportation, making the city the commercial and distribution centre for Pennsylvania and the East. One of the most notable establishments in Harrisburg is the Pennsylvania State Capitol, lauded for being a beautiful architectural masterpiece. This Italian Renaissance-style statehouse has a capitol dome that was modelled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in Rome. The building is adorned with sculptures, murals, a tile floor that tells the story of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and it also houses various art collections. Free tours of the Pennsylvania State Capitol are offered. Galleries and museums are also abundant in Harrisburg, with the Susquehanna Art Museum being the city’s largest art museum. Other prominent museums include the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Arts at 510, The Mantis Collective, Art House Lounge, Art Association of Harrisburg, Brass Monkey Studios, Gallery Blu, Gallery at Second, and the National Civil War Museum. Harrisburg is also known for its parades and street festivals, especially during summer: American MusicFest (Harrisburg’s Fourth of July celebration), Kipona festical, Patrio-New Artfest, Italian Lake Concert Series, 3rd in the Burg, and Pride Festival of Central PA. Harrisburg also hosts the largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the United States, the Pennsylvania Farm Show; as well as the largest outdoor sports show in North America.
How to get around within Harrisburg
Driving around Harrisburg is possible, but roads can be congested during rush hour, especially on the Capital Beltway. Another alternative for getting around the city is by foot, as Harrisburg is a very walkable city, especially the downtown, midtown, and uptown areas. Walking and biking trails are also available along the Susquehanna River. The Walnut St. Bridge to City Island is blocked off to cars, making it excellent for biking and walking. Taxi and limousine services are also available in Harrisburg. Capital Area Transit serves Harrisburg, providing the city with public bus, paratransit, and commuter rail services.
How to get there
Domestic and international flights directed to Harrisburg will land in Harrisburg International Airport, located in Middletown, southeast of the city. Airlines that operate at the airport are Air Canada Express, Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express. Another airport in the city is the Capital City Airport in New Cumberland, a moderate-sized business class and general aviation airport. Via land travel, Amtrak has a train station at 4th and Chestnut Streets. Harrisburg can also be accessed via Interstate 81, Interstate 83, Interstate 76, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. U.S. Routes 22 and 322 also go into the city, while U.S. Routes 11 and 15 pass to the west.
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