As celebrations of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary continue until 2015, the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is seeing an increase in visitors who want to learn more about the "War Between the States." The National Civil War Museum web site proclaims, “Nowhere can you find a better understanding of the Civil War, its effect on the nation, or on the people.” The museum is home to artifacts, manuscripts, documents, photographs and other printed matter. Because of the museum's location in the heart of Harrisburg, visitors have many choices for places to stay nearby.
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg
The Crowne Plaza Harrisburg is one of the closest hotels to the National Civil War Museum (1.6 miles away). Besides being close the museum, the Crowne Plaza location in the heart of the city puts it close to other attractions such as the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts, the state capitol building and Strawberry Square. The Crowne Plaza has an on-site restaurant, but plenty of restaurants are within a short walk. Enjoy the view from beneath the water of the indoor pool as portholes allow you to look into the hotel lounge. The 10-floor hotel was renovated in 2008.
Comfort Inn Riverfront
The Comfort Inn Riverfront is another centrally located hotel that is 1.6 miles from the National Civil War Museum. As the name suggests, the hotel is situated on the Susquehanna River with rooms that have river views. Enjoy a riverside cookout using one of the hotel’s outdoor barbeques or dine at the on-site restaurant. The hotel also allows one pet (25 lbs. or less) to stay in the room with the occupants for an additional charge. The hotel was renovated in 2009.
Wyndham Garden Hotel Harrisburg-Hershey
The Wyndham Garden Hotel Harrisburg-Hershey is 3.3 miles from the National Civil War Museum and other downtown Harrisburg attractions. Kids stay free at the Wyndham with a paying guest. The hotel also has a health club, heated outdoor pool and sauna. When hunger strikes, eat at the on-site restaurant, enjoy a drink in the lounge or have a sandwich and coffee from the coffee shop/café. All rooms come with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet and ergonomic desk chairs. Travel to and from the Harrisburg International Airport via the hotel’s free shuttle service.
Staybridge Suites Harrisburg
Located 2.2 miles from the National Civil War Museum, the Staybridge Suites Harrisburg is also close to the Dorothea Dix Library and Museum, Olewine Nature Center and Hersheypark. Guests receive complimentary breakfast each morning, but if you prefer to eat in your room, purchase food from the on-site convenience store. The guest rooms have kitchens with microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers and coffeemakers.
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