Flights to Harrisburg
Harrisburg is a beautiful little city and the capital of the state of Pennsylvania. Although sometimes overlooked in favour of the state’s largest city Philadelphia, Harrisburg is definitely well worth spending some time in enjoying its architecture and somewhat small-town feel.
Despite being the tenth largest city in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has the third busiest commercial airport, Harrisburg International Airport (airport code: MDT). This is located a little way outside the city centre in Middletown and is accessible via taxi, bus or hotel shuttle services. From South Africa flights to Harrisburg are indirect with one or two stops. Airlines offering one stop flights to Harrisburg include Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Alternatively choose the likes of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Lufthansa, British Airways, South African Airways, and BMI who all provide two stop flights to Harrisburg from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Harrisburg:
Harrisburg has an interesting range of tourist attractions including museums, architecture, parks, and more. Some of the more popular attractions are as follows…
Pennsylvania State Capitol
A very impressive and grand structure, the Pennsylvania State Capitol is in downtown Harrisburg and was opened in 1906. The first state capitol was destroyed by fire in 1897 and only one year later this new state capitol was begun. The building was architecturally inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and is a Beaux-Arts and renaissance revival style. The beauty does not stop on the outside as inside there are works of art, sculptures and murals to see too. Visitors can enjoy a free tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
State Museum of Pennsylvania
Near to the capitol is the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and this building forms part of the State Capitol Complex, along with many others. The museum displays an interesting variety of exhibits that cover history from Prehistoric times right through to the present day. There is a planetarium here as well as large collection of artefacts from the American Civil War.
National Civil War Museum
Talking of the Civil War, Harrisburg is also home to the National Civil War Museum which is located within Reservoir Park. The museum is of particular interest to visitors who are interested in the American Civil War as it is said to tell the entire story of both the Union and Confederate sides, without any bias to either. There are many informative exhibits which visitors can take in on a self guided tour.
Reservoir Park is the largest park in Harrisburg and has much more on offer in addition to the Civil War Museum. The park is often the site for outdoor performances and festivals. The park is at the highest point in the city and, as the name suggests, it houses the city’s reservoirs, but also offers wonderful views over Harrisburg and the surrounding area including the Blue Mountains.
Other Parks in Harrisburg
Harrisburg has a variety of parks in addition to Reservoir Park. City Island and Beach are popular for leisure activities and also has family attractions such as a carousel, playground, miniature golf, miniature steam railway and more. Also Riverfront Park is a popular spot for walking alongside the river.
When Should You Visit?:
Harrisburg has a humid continental climate which gives the city warm summers, and mild to cool winters. July is the hottest month with an average high of 30C (86F), whilst January, the coldest month has an average high of 3C (38F) and average low of -5C (23F). Rainfall is common throughout the year, with May and June being the wettest months.