TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey
Museums, historically significant sites, and millions of bars of chocolate: the Harrisburg-Hershey area has a lot to recommend it for families. In addition to Civil War-era sites such as the Fort Hunter Mansion—an early 18th-century private estate that was used as a fort during the war—the area is home to the Hershey's chocolate factory and its adjoining chocolate-themed amusement park. The hotel is centrally located just south of downtown and only 10 miles from Hershey.
- Complimentary continental breakfast served each morning
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool, or take a dip in the hot tub.
- Get in a workout at the fitness center
- Grab a quick snack and refreshments at the onsite convenience store.
- Road trip idea: Pastoral farmlands, covered bridges, and horse-drawn buggies color the Amish community of Lancaster County, about 35 miles south of Harrisburg.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Historic State Capital Near Chocolate Empire
The midsize city of Harrisburg has witnessed key moments in U.S. history—it was the site of several Civil War battles, as well as a rail and transportation hub during the Industrial Revolution. The National Civil War Museum chronicles the war from both the Southern and Northern perspectives; it counts Robert E. Lee's pocket Bible and Ulysses S. Grant's sword belt among its more than 12,000 artifacts. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex—which Teddy Roosevelt once praised as "the handsomest" he'd ever seen—is also worth a stop. You can take a guided tours around the Beaux Arts building, which was constructed in 1902.
Nearby Hershey bills itself as "The Sweetest Place on Earth," and it's hard to dispute that claim—the whole town smells like chocolate. Rags-to-riches entrepreneur Milton Hershey founded Hershey in 1903 as a company town for his factory workers. These days, it's a confection empire, featuring candy-themed amusement parks and museums, and the factory churns out more than a million chocolate bars a week. At Hersheypark, you can ride 12 roller coasters and float in inner tubes down a lazy river. Next door, the Hershey’s Chocolate World trolley tour takes passengers to Milton Hershey's boyhood home and the mansion he built across from his factory.