Small in size but big in impression, don’t be fooled by Harrisburg’s stature. Centrally located 80 miles of Baltimore, and 100 miles west and north of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., respectively, Harrisburg has always been an important location for its state-wide rail and water transportation, as well as taming major Civil War battles. With a history spanning more than 200 years, Harrisburg in its most recent status is trying its best to recover from the economic difficulties it encountered in the 1980s. Despite it not being recognised as other cities in Pennsylvania such as Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, Harrisburg sits silently in the shadows, enjoying a calm and quiet stature. It is, after all, the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and it doesn’t need to make an outcry for it to get noticed. Majority of the people go here either to work, or to live, or to simply visit. Be one of those people and step into Harrisburg to find out what is in store for you.
Harrisburg’s pride is the State Capitol Building, a beautiful architectural masterpiece encompassing a number of artistic designs. Designed in 1902 by Philadelphia Architect Joseph-Huston, its edifice is derived from the Italian Renaissance-style statehouse with a touch of American Renaissance Style. It was actually modelled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, with its magnificent staircase reminiscent of the staircase from the Paris Opera. Rising 272 feet, the State Capitol Building hoses the chambers for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well the Harrisburg chambers for the Supreme and Superior Courts of Pennsylvania. It was also designed to include the government offices, which was relocated for the third time in Harrisburg in 1812, with the seat of government being assigned in Philadelphia and Lancaster first.
The State Capitol Building houses a number of sculptures, murals, and stained glass windows, and it is for this reason that it was often referred to as a “palace of art.” On the floor of the main hallway, you’ll see that the tiles are artistically depicting Pennsylvania’s history.
The State Capitol Building is one of the few landmarks in the city that is notable. If you want to do other things in Pennsylvania, you can opt to visit Harrisburg during summertime to participate on its many parades and street festivals, such as the Italian Lake Concert Series, which occurs throughout the summer, or the Kipona, a three day food festival that occurs around Labor Day. You can also opt to visit the Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agriculture show in the US.
How to get around within Harrisburg
To get into Harrisburg centre from the Harrisburg International Airport, you can opt to take the Capitol Area Transit (CAT) Bus, a regional bus services that also serves majority of the greater Harrisburg area. But the most convenient way to reach downtown is by taxi, which is approximately 11.1 miles drive from the airport. Upon reaching downtown, you can simply stroll around the area since Harrisburg is a fairly walkable city, or you may opt to rent a bike and see the city on wheels, especially across the Walnut St. Bridge going to the City Island, since the area is safe for biking and is blocked off to cars.
How to get to Harrisburg
To get into Harrisburg, you have to fly to Harrisburg International Airport located approximately 2.4 miles in Middletown. The airport is served by a number of airlines such as Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, Iberia, JAL, KLM, Martinaire, Piedmont Airlines, Qatar Airways, United Airlines, US Airways, and Wiggins Airways. The aforementioned airlines fly to and from destinations such as Toronto, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, Orlando, Boston, Wilkes-Barre, Charlotte, Williamsport, as well as Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The airline is also being served by Kalitta Charters, which flies from Laredo.
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