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Harrisburg is the capital city of Pennsylvania, located on the east bank of the Susquehanna River in the southeastern portion of the state. As of the 2010 census, the population was 49,528, making it the ninth largest city in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg is approximately 105 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It's a very historic city that played a significant role during the westward migration in the U.S. and in the American Civil War. Also, the building of the Pennsylvania Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad made Harrisburg one of the most industrialized cities in the Northeastern United States. A U.S. Navy ship, the USS Harrisburg, which served from 1918 to 1919 during World War I, was named in honor of the city. In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as the second best place in the United States to raise a family. This is due, in part, to it being a "recession-proof area" because of the high concentration of state and federal government agencies in the region. Harrisburg is at the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country and is just 10 miles from Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of the famous chocolate factory. Harrisburg is home to several museums, including a National Civil War Museum, Doll House Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and guided tours of the State Capitol. Recreational activities include golf, boat rides on the river, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, camping and cross-country skiing.

Surrounding areas: Hershey, Pennsylvania (12.4 mi), Pa Dutch Region, Pennsylvania (27.9 mi), Lancaster, Pennsylvania (34.6 mi), Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (35.7 mi), Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania (38.6 mi)

Harrisburg Vacation Rentals

Harrisburg Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alva Hotel & Restaurant19 S 4TH StHarrisburg, PA (717) 238-7553
American Inn495 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 561-1885
Baymont Inn & Suites-harrisburg Airport990 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 939-8000
Best Western Harrisburg/Hershey300 N Mountain RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 652-7180
Comfort Inn East4021 Un Deposit RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 561-8100
Comfort Inn Harrisburg/Hershey7744 Linglestown RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 540-8400
Comfort Inn Riverfront525 S Front StHarrisburg, PA (717) 233-1611
Country Inn And Suites Harrisburg Ne8000 Jonestown RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 651-5100
Courtyard By Marriott Harrisburg/Hershey725 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 558-8544
Crowne Plza-harrisburg23 S 2ND StHarrisburg, PA (717) 234-5021
Days Inn Harrisburg North3919 N Front StHarrisburg, PA (717) 233-3100
Econo Lodge495 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 561-1885
Econo Lodge150 Nationwide DrHarrisburg, PA (717) 545-9089
Fairfield Inn By Marriott1018 Briarsdale RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 412-4326
Four Points Sheraton800 E Park DrHarrisburg, PA (717) 561-2800
Hampton Inn Harrisburg East4230 Un Deposit RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 545-9595
Harrisburg Hilton & TowersOne N 2ND StHarrisburg, PA (717) 233-6000
Hilton Garden Inn Harrisburg East3943 Tecport DrHarrisburg, PA (717) 635-7299
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-harrisburg5680 Allentown BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 657-2200
Homewood Suites Harrisburg-East3990 Tecport DrHarrisburg, PA (717) 909-4663
Howard Johnson Inn7930 Linglestown RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 540-9100
Howard Johnson Motor Lodge473 S Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 564-4730
Quality Inn200 N Mountain RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 540-9339
Red Roof Inn950 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 939-1331
Red Roof Inn400 Corporate CirHarrisburg, PA (717) 657-1445
Residence Inn By Marriott - Harrisburg/Hershey4480 Lewis RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 561-1900
Super 8 Motel4131 Executive Park DrHarrisburg, PA (717) 564-7790
The Towne House Suites Hotel660 Boas StHarrisburg, PA (717) 232-1900
Weber's Motel7624 Jonestown RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 652-0602
Wingate Inn1344 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 985-1600
Wyndham Garden Hotel765 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA (717) 558-9500
Wyndham Harrisburg Hershey4650 Lindle RdHarrisburg, PA (717) 564-5511
Quality Inn501 N Enola RdEnola, PA2.9 mi.(717) 732-0785
Fairfield Inn Marriott175 Beacon HL BlvdNew Cumberland, PA2.9 mi.(717) 774-6200
Harrisburg Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference CenterI-83 & Pa Tpke 148 Sheraton DrNew Cumberland, PA2.9 mi.(717) 774-2721
Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center1150 Cp Hill BypCamp Hill, PA3.0 mi.(717) 763-7117
Comfort Inn130 Limekiln RdNew Cumberland, PA4.1 mi.(717) 774-8888
Harrisburg South Knights Inn300 Commerce DrNew Cumberland, PA4.1 mi.(717) 774-5990
Motel 6200 Commerce AveNew Cumberland, PA4.2 mi.(717) 774-8910
Rodeway Inn110 Limekiln RdNew Cumberland, PA4.2 mi.(717) 774-1100
Bed & Breakfast
Pinehurst Inn Bed & Breakfast50 NE DrHershey, PA12.4 mi.(717) 533-2603
Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast150 Hickorytown RdCarlisle, PA13.4 mi.(717) 258-0717
Buttonwood Bed And Breakfast980 Waggoners Gap RdCarlisle, PA17.5 mi.(717) 249-7827
Berry Patch Bed & Breakfast115 Moore RdLebanon, PA23.6 mi.(717) 865-7219

Harrisburg Weather & Climate

East Central Pennsylvania is on the northern edge of the Humid Subtropical climate zone. Areas just to the north would be in the Humid Continental Zone. The hottest month of the year is July with an average high temperature of 86 degrees and a low of 66 degrees. Summer is usually hot and humid and occasional heat waves can occur. The area averages 15 days per year with above 90 degree temps although temps above 100 degrees are rare. Fall is a mild time of the year where the higher humidity and temperatures move out. Winter is generally cold. Some winters have snowfall totals that can exceed 60 inches, while other winters may receive very little snowfall. Spring is also a very nice time of year with mild temperatures and occasional rain showers.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 23°F 3.18 in. -
February 40°F 24°F 2.88 in. -
March 50°F 32°F 3.58 in. -
April 62°F 41°F 3.31 in. -
May 72°F 51°F 4.60 in. -
June 80°F 60°F 3.99 in. -
July 85°F 66°F 3.21 in. -
August 83°F 64°F 3.24 in. -
September 75°F 56°F 3.65 in. -
October 64°F 44°F 3.06 in. -
November 52°F 36°F 3.53 in. -
December 41°F 27°F 3.22 in. -

Harrisburg Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Harrisburg International airport (MDT) located about 8 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Reading Regional Carl A Spaatz Field (RDG) located approximately 48 miles east of Harrisburg in Reading, Pennsylvania, the University Park airport (UNV) located roughly 64 miles northwest of Harrisburg in State College, Pennsylvania, the Williamsport Regional airport (IPT) located around 66 miles north of Harrisburg in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and finally the Martin State airport (MTN) located about 70 miles south of Harrisburg in Baltimore, Maryland.

Harrisburg Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA7.8 mi.
HersheyparkHersheyPA12.4 mi.
Dutch WonderlandLancasterPA34.6 mi.
KnoebelsElysburgPA44.4 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD63.7 mi.
Dorney ParkAllentownPA76.9 mi.
DelGrosso's Amusement ParkTiptonPA78.3 mi.
Lakemont ParkAltoonaPA81.3 mi.
Blue Diamond ParkNew CastleDE81.6 mi.
JeepersRockvilleMD83.5 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD87.7 mi.
Water Parks
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA72.9 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA76.9 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA98.2 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ101.3 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA103.7 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD111.3 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE111.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Dauphin Highlands Golf CourseHarrisburgPA 
Sportsmans Golf CourseHarrisburgPA 
Armitage Golf CourseMechanicsburgPA4.2 mi.
Silver Spring Golf CourseMechanicsburgPA7.4 mi.
Beaver Bend Par 3HummelstownPA9.8 mi.
Sunset Golf CourseMiddletownPA11.1 mi.
Spring Creek Golf CourseHersheyPA12.4 mi.
Range End Country ClubDillsburgPA13.7 mi.
Manada Golf ClubGrantvillePA14.5 mi.
Cumberland Golf ClubCarlislePA16.4 mi.
Mayapple Golf LinksCarlislePA16.4 mi.
PennDel Golf CourseCarlislePA16.4 mi.
Rocky Meadows Golf CourseCarlislePA16.4 mi.
Duck Hollow Golf ClubUniontownPA17.2 mi.
Mount Summit Golf CourseUniontownPA17.2 mi.
Springdale Golf ClubUniontownPA17.2 mi.
Par Line Golf CourseElizabethtownPA17.3 mi.
Rustic Meadows Camping & GolfElizabethtownPA17.3 mi.
Harrisburg North Public GolfMillersburgPA18.1 mi.
Midatlantic Golf ClubDoverPA19.0 mi.
American Legion Country ClubMount UnionPA19.2 mi.
Tree Top Golf CourseManheimPA21.0 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubYorkPA23.4 mi.
Fairview Golf CourseQuentinPA23.4 mi.
Hawk Lake Golf ClubYorkPA23.4 mi.
Heritage Hills Golf ResortYorkPA23.4 mi.
Honey Run Golf & Country ClubYorkPA23.4 mi.
Rolling Acres Executive Par 3 Golf CourseYorkPA23.4 mi.
Springwood Golf ClubYorkPA23.4 mi.
Waynesboro Municipal Golf CourseWaynesboroPA23.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA62.1 mi.
Doe MountainMacungiePA71.9 mi.
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA80.3 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA82.5 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA93.8 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA98.2 mi.
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ101.3 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ101.3 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA102.4 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA118.4 mi.
Ski DentonCoudersportPA119.4 mi.
State Parks
Gifford Pinchot State ParkPA14.1 mi. 
Memorial Lake State ParkPA18.1 mi. 
Little Buffalo State ParkPA19.4 mi. 
Swatara State ParkPA23.9 mi. 
Kings Gap State ParkPA24.4 mi. 
Samuel S Lewis State ParkPA26.8 mi. 
Colonel Denning State ParkPA27.7 mi. 
Pine Grove Furnace State ParkPA27.7 mi. 
Swatara State ParkPA28.9 mi. 
Codorus State ParkPA34.9 mi. 
Fowler Hollow State ParkPA36.7 mi. 
Museum of Scientific DiscoveryHarrisburgPA(Science)
Museum of Bus TransportationHersheyPA12.4 mi.(Technology)
Hershey MuseumHersheyPA12.4 mi.(History)
York County Heritage TrustYorkPA23.0 mi.(History)
Watch and Clock Museum of the NAWCCColumbiaPA26.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Watch & Clock MuseumColumbiaPA26.0 mi.(Technology)
Franklin and Marshall College's North MuseumLancasterPA34.6 mi.(Science)
North Museum of Natural History and ScienceLancasterPA34.6 mi.(Science)
Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster CountyLancasterPA34.6 mi.(Art)
Historical Society of Berks County PennsylvaniaReadingPA50.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA12.4 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA57.6 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD69.5 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD69.5 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE79.6 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA93.6 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC95.6 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ96.3 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA116.8 mi.

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