Pennsylvania's Capital Region has much to offer - from professional sports to a top-notch art and music scene to outdoor activities. After spending a little time in the Harrisburg area, you'll soon see why the region was named to the Forbes.com list of "America" Most Livable Cities.
In addition to being the seat of Pennsylvania's state government, the Harrisburg region boasts some of the region's premier attractions.
If you're a music lover, you can take in a performance of the fully professional Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, a concert at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts or attend the annual Millennium Music Conference.
A 15-minute drive takes you to Hershey, where the Giant Center, Hersheypark Stadium and Hershey Theater host some of the biggest names in music and Broadway classics.
Harrisburg also hosts annual festivals, Kipona and Artsfest, on its scenic riverfront.
Sports fans can check out the Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball team, the Harrisburg City Islanders soccer club, or a Hershey Bears AHL hockey game.
Other attractions within minutes of Harrisburg include Pennsylvania Dutch country, historic Gettysburg battlefields, and world-famous Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World.
The regions picturesque scenery is ideal for outdoor exploration. Whether you enjoy hiking in a state park, biking along a scenic country byway, skiing in fresh powder at Roundtop Mountain Resort or kayaking down the Susquehanna River, there is a nearby outdoor activity for you.
And if that's not enough entertainment, a 90-minute to two-hour drive opens up unlimited activities in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Harrisburg is a three-hour direct train ride away from the sights and sounds of New York City - perfect for a day trip to see a Broadway show. Plus, Harrisburg International Airport offers with 13 direct flights including Chicago, Boston and Orlando.
Educational opportunities abound in the Capital Region, with 10 colleges, universities or postsecondary institutions within an hours drive of Harrisburg. From top-notch public schools to private institutions, the region also boasts many excellent K-12 options.
The Harrisburg area has a stable economy. Although the region's largest employer is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are more than 10 Fortune 500 companies and a host of small, independently owned businesses in the region. You will also find a diverse blend of major industries, including manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, retail, hospitality/tourism and legal/financial services.
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