Harrisburg - Hershey

The massive rotunda rises above the capitol complex just off the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania's Capital City.

Harrisburg serves not only as the state's political center, but also as a cultural hub and gathering point. The expansive capitol building, with its truly impressive dome, is packed with art and stained glass windows as well as the ornate legislative chambers. Museums and monuments document the city's role stretching back through United States history, while a rotation of large shows throughout the year speak to its relevance today.

Winter visitors to Harrisburg can catch the nation's largest free indoor agricultural exhibit, the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Running for over a century, the event has grown to span more than a week, and it routinely attracts thousands of exhibitors and farm animals. While this may be a great place to shop for a tractor, it's also an opportunity to sample the region's food and crafts. Children will love seeing the animals as well as demonstrations ranging from herding sheep to extracting honey. Catch the excitement of a rodeo after stopping to marvel at a sculpture made from a thousand pounds of butter at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Having had your fill of Pennsylvania agriculture, take a bite out of the area's history at the National Civil War Museum. It's one of the largest museums dedicated to the Civil War found anywhere in the world, making a visit one of the most unique things to do in Harrisburg. The galleries display the weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts left behind by each side of the struggle. Come to gain a greater understanding of the war's effect on this history of the nation and its people. Situated in Reservoir Park on a hill, the museum is surrounded by stunning grounds which offer views over the city, perfect for scoping out what to do in Harrisburg next.

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