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Harrisburg is a state capital with flare

Harrisburg, the leading city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has long been one America's truly fascinating state capitals. Aside from the landmark buildings, it's steeped in Civil War history, and comes with acclaimed military museums to prove it. It's also just on the cusp of beautiful Appalachia, which means wooded hills and misty ridges for the walkers. And that's not even mentioning the sweeter delights of Hersheypark, where the twisting rollercoasters and splashing slides are all in the name of America's favorite chocolate. Harrisburg vacation rentals are your ticket to all that and more…

Things to do

Capitol buildings and chocolate in Harrisburg

No visit to Harrisburg could possibly be complete without at visit to the glorious State Capitol Building, which looms above the Susquehanna River with its majestic domes and facades for all to see. From there, be sure to break out to Hersheypark, where the whole family can screech on the rollercoasters and ride the carousels while munching on chocolate. The famous Susquehanna Art Museum is also not to be missed, especially on account of its world-famous array of touring exhibits showcasing everything from the avant-garde to urban street art.


Harrisburg offers state history and hills

Start your visit to Harrisburg with a guided tour of the glorious State Capitol, where the gilded domes and Renaissance architecture is surely enough to make you gasp. Art walks and riverside parks occur all down the meanders of the Susquehanna River, while the American MusicFest erupts on the 4th July, and Pennsylvania's largest LGBT Pride puts the party into overdrive come midsummer. Excursions to totemic sights like Gettysburg and the Amish farms of Lancaster are also possible, and the rising peaks of Appalachia and the Blue Mountain beckon anyone who's eager to hit the American trails.


Getting hot in Harrisburg

If you're eager to ride the lazy rivers of Hersheypark and wonder up at the Pennsylvania State Capitol without shivering, then be certain to book your Harrisburg vacation rentals for the summer months between May and August. That's when the weather here is at its best – think long, sunny, dry days with temperatures in the high 70s to mid-80s. If you want to hold off until the main holidays are over, then fall – in September and October - is also a beautiful time to visit Appalachia – think forests that change color and crisp fresh air.

Natural features

Harrisburg hides under the Blue Mountain

Pull on the overcoats and make for the Blue Mountain if you're eager to join the iconic Appalachian Trail in Harrisburg. Set between rising and falling peaks, it's one of the most famous in America, surrounded by red maple, oak, and chestnut forests where fox squirrels and eastern wolves stalk the undergrowth. A taster of all that can be found close to the western edge of the city, where Harrisburg vacation rentals pepper the fringes of the Michaux State Forest. Head there for glistening mountain lakes, mountain biking routes, and dense woodlands.

How to get there

How to get to and around Harrisburg

Fly into Harrisburg, PA (HAR-Capital City), the closest airport, located 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Harrisburg, PA (MDT-Harrisburg Intl.), which is 9.3 mi (15 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Harrisburg Transportation Center.

Where to stay around Harrisburg?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 284 vacation rentals near Harrisburg. From 109 Houses to 52 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Harrisburg for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Harrisburg?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Harrisburg. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pennsylvania State Capitol: 138 vacation rentals
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex: 138 vacation rentals
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania: 139 vacation rentals
  • Wildwood Park: 137 vacation rentals
  • City Island: 137 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Harrisburg listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Harrisburg?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 109 Houses in Harrisburg. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Harrisburg include:

  • Cabins: 52 rentals available
  • Cottages: 52 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 66 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Harrisburg?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 52 vacation rentals with pool available in Harrisburg. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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