While on a short shore leave to the capital of Pennsylvania, I found many interesting sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Harrisburg is a cornucopia of culture and the seat of the government for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It’s also the county seat of Dauphin County and with a population of 49,673 and is the ninth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Nestled along the east bank of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg is in the heart of the fertile farming lands of the famous Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
We spent a few hours walking around the capital, sight-seeing and then we stopped for lunch at The Pita Pit on 2nd St for some tasty Pitas. All though they were not nearly as good as the ones I have had in Europe they were good and we were hungry, so it all worked out in the end. We ended the trip with a stop to City Island but the battery ran dead on my camera so it was time to head back home.
Some other points of interest near Harrisburg are:
- The Sweetest Place on Earth, nearby Hershey, is home of the world-famous chocolate maker.
- National Civil War Museum is a permanent, nonprofit educational institution.
- Fort Hunter Mansion and Park is host to a diversity of natural, historic and cultural resources.
- Wildwood Park and Nature Center is a great place to relax and explore nature.
- State Museum of Pennsylvania is a rich educational experience for the whole family.
- State Library of Pennsylvania is one of the largest research libraries in Pennsylvania