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You're Going to Love Harrisburg

Pennsylvania's capital is often overlooked in favor of neighbors like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, but it's a mistake to do so. Far more than just a political hub, Harrisburg is a cultural center, a historical gem, and a great base to explore the central part of the Keystone State.

In the city itself you can tour the Capitol, visit the National Civil War Museum, or indulge your sweet tooth with a trip to Hersheypark. You can wander the banks of the mile-wide Susquehanna River, or cross over to the ballpark and concert venue on City Island - one of the most picturesque stadiums in America.

With the historic Gettysburg Battlefield site a short drive away, Harrisburg has a lot to offer vacationers.

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When to Visit Harrisburg

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If you want to enjoy the Susquehanna and its islands at their best, summer is the time to go, but baseball fans might also give April and may a try, when the Senators kick off their season. Otherwise, fall is a beautiful time to tour the countryside, making October or November good times to visit.

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Where to Stay in Harrisburg

Almost all of the best hotels in town are located in Center City, not far from the Susquehanna River, and there are plenty to choose from. Some of the best options include the Crowne Plaza and the Hilton Harrisburg, both of which offer excellent service and shuttles to and from the airport. The Comfort Inn Riverfront may have the best views in town, while City House B&B provides a more intimate, family-run accommodation experience.

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Shopping Streets

Harrisburg's major downtown shopping street is Market Street, although you'll find some vintage stores along 2nd Street as well. However, Strawberry Square is the place to head for apparel and food shopping, with men's boutiques like Michael Boyd and craft stores like Ideas and Objects. If you need to visit chains like Macy's or JC Penney, Harrisburg Mall is in Swatara on the city's outskirts and should have what you need.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets are thin on the ground in Center City, although there's a CVS on Market Street and a couple of small grocery stores as well. If you want to shop for groceries, the best option is to visit Giant, a little further up Market Street. Prices aren't generally high in Harrisburg, with a gallon of milk coming to around $3.60 and 12 eggs costing $2.90.

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Where to Eat in Harrisburg

The center of Harrisburg offers plenty of dining options, with almost everyone's tastes catered to. Some of the best food is to be found at BBQ bars like MoMo's on Market Street, while great burgers are to be found at Harrisburger in Broad Street Market. El Sol is an excellent Mexican eatery, while high-end restaurants include Char's (which is housed in the elegant Tracy Mansion) and Rubicon. Expect to pay $30 for gourmet meals, but less than $15 for BBQ or burgers.

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