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Pennsylvania State Capitol

Third Street, ird Street d Street Street reet et, Harrisburg, PA 17101
800-868-7672
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Ranked #1 of 25 Attractions in Harrisburg
Type: Government Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building I ever saw”. Indeed, the State Capitol, with its... more » Owner description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building I ever saw”. Indeed, the State Capitol, with its vaulted dome and grand staircase and the murals and painted floors inside, is thing to behold. « less
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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

On your visit to Harrisburg, I hope you will take an hour and visit the capitol building, one of the most recognizable in the country. You can mosey around with minimal restriction and you can sit in if the senate is in session (no young kids allowed, for obvious reasons, at the sessions) There is a lot to admire and... More

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Harrisburg, PA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I have not yet gotten the opportunity to take the formal tour, but have visited for meetings. What a beautiful facility. The inside and outside is just gorgeous. The level of detail in the design is incredible. It is such a busy place with so much happening, it is almost like its own little world. I'm hoping to go back... More

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Marietta
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Glad we took the time to visit. A beautiful building with a friendly and informative tour guide. While it isn't that old since the original building burned down, it is spectacular. The gold leaf and stained glass make it a work of art. Chandeliers are beautiful. Haven't been to that many state Capitols, but this has to be among the... More

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Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It may look like it from the outside, but step inside and prepare to be wowed. Do take the free 30-minute tour to learn about the amazing decor, artwork, bronze chandeliers with crystal lights, wall murals, stained glass...the State Supreme Court alone will take your breath away. We travel a lot and make it a point to see state capitols,... More

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Ocala, FL
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This no charge tour is informative, fact-filled & most interesting from the smallest details to the over-sized chandeliers. The Senate and House chambers are different yet both beautiful and unique in their own presentation. From the grand marble staircase at the entrance to the insignia on the leather chairs and the various paintings throughout the building the intricate details of... More

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Princeton, NJ
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you are passing by Harrisburg do take the detour. Absolutely Worth parking your car and going inside. Tours (free) are 30 minutes but even if you cannot take a tour it makes good sense to go inside. With or without kids of all ages.

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This area was easy to walk and parking was readily available. Several eateries in convenient locations to fuel up.

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Central Florida, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We didn't go into the capitol building but we walked and gawked from the outside. A lot of the state capitols we've seen on our travels look exactly the same: littler versions of the main capitol in Washington DC. This was has a beautiful, green tiled dome and two smaller, flatter domes on each end. There are also some very... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A Philadelphia architect, Joseph M. Huston, chose the Renaissance Revival style for this beautiful statehouse. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated this capitol building and remarked, "It is the handsomest building I've ever seen." The Pennsylvania State Capitol is indeed a handsome building. An aside - the architect later went to prison, convicted of fraud in the building's financing and... More

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OCALA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This building is absolutely wonderful. A must see if driving thru Harrisburg. Just off 81 & 83. Lots of parking. Just stunning. Walk around outside & inside of building a must!!Also, PA museum right beside it. Plus, 2 wonderful churches within walking distance as well. Lots of cafe, bars to eat also. Take a break and visit...

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