Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and the states 9th largest city. Harrisburg was incorporated in 1791, and became the Pennsylvania state capital in 1812. Harrisburg, well, actually two miles west at Sporting Hill, is the site of the northernmost battle of the American Civil War. And speaking of the Civil War, the National Civil War Museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., is a must for history buffs. It is the only museum in The United States that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War and without bias to Union or Confederate causes. And if you want to take your history tour a little further, visit the State Museum of Pennsylvania at the Capitol Complex which interprets the regions history and culture. The capitol building itself (some say San Francisco City Hall is largely a copy of it) is worth your time too. It is a Greek Revival (Italian Renaissance-style) statehouse built as “a palace of art” and it includes good collections of art, sculpture and large murals. This is just personal opinion but it is one of the most interesting capitol buildings in the country to visit. The tour is free.
For diners, Harrisburg’s downtown changes drastically throughout the day and night. During the day, you can explore the coffee shops and quickly prepared meals designed to accommodate the government and downtown workforce. Then in early evening you can hop between restaurants and clubs during their happy hour specials (typically 5-7pm). Stay downtown for dinner and you can enjoy a nice sit-down meal, followed by a small but vibrant night life for those who enjoy good food, good times, and good drink. While downtown there is also Strawberry Square, a major shopping complex that has an open air feel with many food and specialty shops. The Shops on Third are a little more upscale than Strawberry Square with several one-of-a-kind boutiques. Other than that, shopping is much the same as any midsize American city with national chain department stores anchoring various malls.
“Harrisburg has a variable, four-season climate in the transition between the humid subtropical and humid continental zones (Koppen Cfa and Dfa, respectively)。 The hottest month of the year is July with an 24-hour average of 75.9 °F (24.4 °C). Summer is usually hot and humid and occasional heat waves can occur from time to time. The city averages around 15 days per year with above 90 degree temps although temperatures above 100 degrees are rare. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Harrisburg is 107 °F (42 °C) in July 1966. Summer thunderstorms also occur relatively frequently. Fall is a pleasant season when the humidity and temperatures fall to more comfortable values…Winter in Harrisburg is cold: January averages 30.3 °F (−0.9 °C). A major snowstorm can also occasionally occur, and some winters snowfall totals can exceed 60 inches while in other winters the city may receive very little snowfall.” – weather summary from Wikipedia. For information about the conversion of temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit, see degrees Fahrenheit.
Harrisburg is considered a safe city and normal precautions apply.
Harrisburg is served by Harrisburg International Airport. Public transportation is
bus, light rail and taxi.
Harrisburg population is 362,782 (2007)
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717 is the area code for Harrisburg
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