For other places with the same name, see Harrisburg (disambiguation).

Harrisburg is the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a state in the United States of America.


The Susquehanna River runs along the western edge of the city. It is the largest non-navigable river in the eastern USA, but has numerous small islands, and is an excellent recreational resource.

The city began in 1710 when John Harris built a trading post and later his son started a ferry.

Get in

By plane

  Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDT) is located just outside of Harrisburg, in Middletown, you will need to complete the journey to the city by rental car, taxi, bus, or hotel shuttles which are accessible via the Multi-Modal Transportation Facility (MMTF).

By train

See also: Rail travel in the United States

Amtrak has more then ten daily services from Philadelphia on the Keystone Service, with some services originating in New York City. Also, the once-daily Pennsylvanian between New York and Pittsburgh serves Harrisburg. All trains calls at   Harrisburg Transportation Center located at 4th and Chestnut Street, which also serves as a hub for local and inter-city buses.

By car

Harrisburg is served by a rather extensive highway system for a city of its size. Interstate 81, 83 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 76 all travel through or near the city. The Capital Beltway is comprised of I-81 to the north, I-83 to the east and south and PA-581 to the west of the city. U.S. Routes 22 and 322 also pass through the city and U.S. 11 and 15 pass just to the west.

By bus

Capitol Area Transit (CAT) is the regional bus service for greater Harrisburg area. Travelers to Harrisburg from Cumberland and Dauphin Counties can travel via CAT. CAT is also a convenient means of transportation from Harrisburg International Airport (HIA)

By foot

The Appalachian Trail is just west of the city.

Get around

By car

Parking - Weekdays, from 8AM-5PM, meter parking is enforced. The typical cost is 15 minutes for 25¢. Parking garages are typically the same rate, $3 for up to 2 hours and then escalating beyond that. Many of the garages are run by the Harrisburg Parking Authority. Park for $5 from 5PM-5AM at River St, Walnut St and Chestnut St garages.

By foot or bike

Harrisburg is a very walkable city, especially the downtown, midtown and uptown sections which are laid out in a simple grid without much change in grade. There are many beautiful walking and biking trails that run along the Susquehanna River. You can also walk or ride your bike across the Walnut St. Bridge to City Island without worrying about safety because it is blocked off to cars.

Quiet downtown Harrisburg residential street

By taxi

By limo


Harrisburg has been an important location for statewide transportation since selected as the capital of Pennsylvania in 1812. The canal system and subsequent development of railroads, highways and airlines in the early century played a key role in transforming Harrisburg into a commercial and distribution center for Pennsylvania and the East. The city is centrally located 80 miles north of Baltimore, 100 miles west of Philadelphia, and 100 miles north of Washington D.C.


Galleries and Art


Festivals and Parades

Harrisburg is known for its many parades and street festivals that take place, especially in the summer time.




During the week, you should have no problem finding a place to eat without much wait, but the weekends (especially in the summer) may require a bit of a wait at the popular restaurants during their prime time dinner crowd.

Restaurant Row and Downtown



Harrisburg has a small, vibrant night life for those who enjoy good food, good company, and good drinks.

Harrisburg's downtown atmosphere dynamically changes throughout the day. During the day, you can explore the coffee shops and quickly prepared meals designed to accommodate the government and downtown workforce. Early evening you can hop between restaurants during their happy hour specials (typically 5-7PM). Stay downtown for dinner and you can enjoy a nice sit-down meal.


Accommodations in the Harrisburg area give you plenty of options at reasonable prices compared to larger metropolitan areas. More expensive hotels are located in closer proximity to Hershey and Baltimore.


Mid range


Stay safe

Keep in mind that Harrisburg's crime rate is higher than the national average. However, most areas that tourists and out-of-towners frequent are completely safe. Typical street smarts should keep most people out of trouble.

Harrisburg is within range of Three Mile Island nuclear reactor. If you hear a siren, turn your radio on.

Go next

Nearby destinations suitable for day trips include:

Routes through Harrisburg

END  W  E  Middletown Lancaster
Pittsburgh Lewistown  W  E  Elizabethtown Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Mechanicsburg  W  E  Middletown Philadelphia
END  W  E  Fogelsville (Via ) Allentown
Wilkes-Barre Hazleton  N  S  Carlisle Hagerstown
Ends at  N  S  York Baltimore
State College Lewistown  W  E  Hummelstown Chester

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