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Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and with around 50,000 is a relatively small city, the ninth in the state.
If you have a membership to a Science Museum you can use it for free or discounted admission to the Whitaker Science Center, also in Strawberry Square.
Average highs range from around 3-4 °C in January to around 30 °C in July. Lows average between -5 °C and 19 °C respectively. The average annual amount of precipitation is about 1,100 mm with summers being slightly wetter due to heavy downpours. Snow is common from December till early March.
Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDT, ICAO: KMDT) receives a number of domestic flights.
The following trains operated by Amtrak travel to and from Harrisburg:
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
If you are in downtown Harrisburg, 2nd street is lined with good places to eat or drink and has a lively nightlife. Families will enjoy Strawberry Square and children will love the giant Chockablock clock.
See also International Telephone Calls
The US Postal Service is very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.
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