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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 23 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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Pittsburgh, PA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Any trip to a state capitol is a combination of history and current education. The PA capitol is rich in both. Spend some time in the rotunda checking out the tiles and ceiling. There's a sizeable cafeteria for a quick bite if you're there when it's open.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

If architecture is of interest to you or you need to kill an hour by walking around, this is the place for you. There is a tour available (which I did not take part of) for those with an interest in politics or history. The inside, from what little I saw, was stunning. The grounds provide plenty of photo opportunities... More

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Benton, Tennessee
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We strolled the block from here to the riverfront admiring the old churches but it's hard to take your eye off of this building. Teddy was right it is the most handsome building to ever see.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews 117 reviews
29 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Well, almost free. Parking is not necessarily easy to find and it is certainly NOT free. Don't let that stop you this building gave me chills. Do get a tour. While you are allowed to walk around the guides will share their extensive knowledge. The grandeur is almost overwhelming. The wood work, the art, it is amazing. You can even... More

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Milton, Georgia
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202 attraction reviews
511 helpful votes 511 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Useful information: 1) Parking is available on the street (meters) close to the Capitol; 2) no charge for entry or tours; 3) entry and tours available on Saturday and Sunday (but no access to Visitor's Center on Sunday); 4) it is worth walking around the building to see the entire complex and the fountain; 5) there is a wonderful dark... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Class trip to the PA State Capitol Building. Great weather. Beautiful building. A lot of history. The fountain is amazing, great for pictures. The students and I had a wonderful time learning and site-seeing.

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania State Capitol is the seat of government for Pennsylvania in downtown Harrisburg. Regardless you live in Harrisburg or not, if you are in Pennsylvania you can't miss this architectural masterpiece. President Theodore Roosevelt described "This is the handsomest building I ever saw". The best part is the guided tour is free of cost and you can get access... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The state capitol is just magnificent. The outer and inner architecture is unique. The inside tour IS A MUST.They have daily tours, and it;s free.

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Northern NewJersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Most Americans and other travelers don't really take much of an interest in State Capitols, and it's a shame, because this one is absolutely stunning. For anyone age 10 and older I recommend a visit to this structure, where one can learn about architectural styles, history and civics. It also involves quite a bit of walking, but it's worth it.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Beautiful architecture! Visit the Senate and House chambers. The whole thing is very impressive. We have visited many state capitols, and this is by far the best. Nice cafeteria located on the basement level. Parking is a problem. Newly installed pay stations for street parking didn't work at two locations on June 5 so we parked a garage. At $3... More

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