Episode 05: Handsome Harrisburg, a Capital City Starting to Look Good Again

I love alliterations and couldn’t resist ‘Handsome” for  the Harrisburg Podcast episode. Well don’t give me credit, Teddy Roosevelt used the word “handsome” first in the city, when he dedicated the new capitol in 1906. He essentially decreed and his words now appear on a tile inscribed inside the building itself.

This is the handsomest building I ever saw.” -President Roosevelt

the capitol building from the side in harrisburg, pennsylvania

the side view of the Capitol

And he was on to something, as an Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston created quite the place (or really palace) for state government in American Renaissance style.  But actually, it is even more impressive today (after when Teddy coined his words) now with the completion of the commissioned art work and stained glass inside. It is on every list of what to do in Harrisburg and should be at the top.

the walking bridge connecting Harrisburg to City Island across the Susquehanna River

the walking bridge connecting Harrisburg and its City Island

But I discovered more. Harrisburg is more than its Capitol and in this month’s Staying Adventurous Podcast, I dive deeper into what else there is to see and do in the capital city, offer suggestions as travel trips on Harrisburg, interview two local tour operators and debrief my travels with a fellow traveler and blogger.

So, let’s cross one of its many bridges and explore the Pennsylvania state capital. Let’s travel to Harrisburg, PA.


Harrisburg Show Notes:

5 Things To Do and See in Harrisburg, PA
Toasting the Harrisburg Sunset
The Pennsylvania State Capitol
The New Faces of Harrisburg
Visit Hershey and Harrisburg – the visitors bureau
Travel Buddy – Marc d’Entremont of Travel Pen and Palate

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  • Maryann

    Enjoyed you informative article on Harrisburg. Although it is the Capitol of Pennsylvania, it does not get the same attention as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Thanks for enlightening me about the city. Definitely will make an effort to visit there in the future.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It is certainly not as large as Pittsburgh or Philly, but it certainly does hold charm… definitely worth a stop. Happy to hear you’ll make an effort to explore it. Let me know what you think… Stay Exploring New (old) Places, Craig

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    When I finally make it to Pennsylvania, I’m more likely to start in Philadelphia (family) and Pittsburgh (baseball). But I don’t see why I shouldn’t check out the “handsome” city at some point…

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Definitely make it a stop if you want to visit Hershey… chocolate, wine, and handsome all seem to work so well together, right? Stay PA Bound, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    Ummm, I had no idea this was the capital…opps!

    Clearly, I have never been here, but now I’m interested to check it out. Teddy! I love him, so if he says it’s handsome, I really must see it for myself. I do love history, so I think I’d be really interested to visit.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Teddy is quite lovable, there is the Teddy bear after all. And SO, SO much history so close really… definitely worth a stop for a history buff… Stay Historic, Craig

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