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From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

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From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

Hello again.

We will be arriving at the Harrisburg Airport late next Saturday (6/16). By the time we collect our luggage, rent a car, etc., it should be 10:30-11 pm. Do not want to drive to Hershey that late, and so we will be staying in Harrisburg for that first night at the Marriott Courtyard on Eisenhower Drive. We try to avoid night driving as much as possible in strange places, but have no choice here, and we will not have any GPS.

Trying to find the easiest route from the airport to the Hotel. The Map Sites give me a choice of three routes. The one that is about one mile shorter, and seems to be the easiest is the PA 230/Harrisburg Pike, and from the map, it looks like we would be traveling on Front Street (yes, that's the area we got ourselves lost in during daylight hours in September!) Is this a safe area to be driving so late on a Saturday night? The other way would take us inland on 3032, and then 283 W. The third route seems to be more complicated, so I'm ignoring it.

Really would appreciate some advice on this. Thank you. We are just not accustomed to all these roads having numbers, and many changing numbers along the way. Here we have several numbered (which remain the same) freeways, and that is it. Everything else is either a Street or a Road.

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1. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

Easiest route is PA 230 west to Eisenhower Blvd. The area is fine to be driving through at night. The part of PA 230 on which you will be traveling is actually Second Street in Highspire. It changes to Front Street in Steelton on the other side of Eisenhower Blvd. As I recall from your past visit, it was Front Street in Harrisburg that caused you some problems.

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2. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

I believe there is some major construction on Route 283 right now, so that is another reason to take Route 230.

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3. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

There is construction on 283 near the turnpike interchange, avoid it. I don't know which map site you are using but some of them give an option of traveling from your hotel to Hershey via route 283 and the Middletown /Hummelstown Road. I would recommend taking US322 to Hershey, this also is the preferred route on 2 map sites I checked.

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4. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

@NYU62, if you don't mind my asking, what sites are on your agenda to visit this trip? Have a great visit.

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5. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

Thank you so much! I thought that 230 seemed easiest, and best, but after checking several sites, including the Hotels’ (directions from airport), it seemed like the default route was 283, and that is why I was not all that sure about 230. I love these Destination Forums, as I always get the best and most current advice.

FlyEagle, I have the wonderful list of things to do you provided me last year, and I think that we will be able to see at least two attractions in Harrisburg this time.

Our daughter is expecting a new little one, and we will be coming in September/October for 6 weeks to 2 months to be extra hands. This trip is really for my husband’s cousins’ big birthday celebration in West Virginia on 6/23. After looking at the map, we saw that it (Kearneysville) is so close to Hershey, that we can fit in visit with daughter before and after. So, after our night in Harrisburg, we go to Hershey, and on 6/21 we go to Martinsburg WV (we will stay there as that is the closest Marriott, and we like Marriotts). We will be “tourists” in WV until 6/27, when we come back to Hershey for two nights. We move back to the Harrisburg Courtyard on 6/29, and fly out home very early on 7/3.

Our daughter is doing some remodeling now, so we will be staying at the Hershey Courtyard, when we are there. Luckily, I saw you point out on a forum that summer weekends and holidays cost a fortune in Hershey, whereas the Harrisburg area hotels are much more reasonable. We would have had to move to Harrisburg for our last night anyway, as when we have such early flights, we like to be closer to the airport. So, we will move earlier, and hopefully get to see some sights.

I have one more question, which perhaps should be asked on the WV forum, or perhaps not. Is15 a scenic route? We always like to travel “scenic” (unless in a hurry, of course), and that looks like it might be scenic, or is there something more scenic? We’ll have plenty of time that day (6/21) and plan to stop for lunch somewhere.

Thanks again for all this help.

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6. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

You're in luck - I travel I81 through Martinsburg, WV quite frequently. While I81 is the most direct and fastest route from the Harrisburg area (and the one I always take), US15 will be more scenic and have fewer tractor trailers. So if you have the extra time, US 15 would be less stressful and provide some nice scenery.

If you take US15, you will pass by Gettysburg with lunch options there. Frequently recommended restaurants in Gettysburg include the Dobbin House Tavern, Blue & Grey Bar & Grill, & Farnsworth House Tavern to name a few. Not too far into Maryland in Emmitsburg is the National Shrine Grotto at Mt. Saint Mary's University, if that is of interest for a quick stop. Thurmont, MD also offers lunch options. No personal recommendation but I have friends that like Mountain Gate Family Restaurant & Thurmont Kountry Kitchen.

Enjoy your trip!

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7. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

Oh what good news about US15, and all the attractions and restaurants along the way. And, best of all, is that we will have time going and coming back, so we will be able to get out of the car, and visit, not just drive through, and take photos out of the car window. I looked up those restaurants, and they look and sound delightful. We are “late lunchers”(1:15 or later), so we almost never have any issues with getting a nice table.

Thank you again. Those suggestions are very helpful. If I have more questions, I know where to ask.

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8. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

While I am familiar with US15 from Harrisburg to Thurmont, I am not familiar with the portion of your trip that will take you west from Thurmont to Martinsburg, so please let me know what the road is like. Sometime when we aren't on a tight schedule to get to our southern destination on I81, we would like to try the route you will be taking.

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9. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

Another point of interest on your trip to Martinsburg is the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Williamsport, Maryland. You can walk along the towpath and there is a canal boat ride.

https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm

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10. Re: From Harrisburg Airport to Hotel on Eisenhower Blvd.

We drive down Route 15 all the time going to Maryland. In fact I’m heading down that way about an hour from now. It’s a divided 4 lane road and very lightly traveled so you’ll have an easy drive compared to the truck-popular I-81.

For Gettysburg, look for signs for Business 15 at Hunterstown. Follow that south through downtown Gettysburg and then through the middle of where Pickett’s Charge occurred at the end of the battle. It will eventually lead you back to the main Route 15. Even if you don’t have time for or interest in the battle, the town and battlefield have been painstakingly preserved as it appeared in 1863, and you’ll drive by many of the hundreds of monuments commemorating the battle, which is always a fascinating sight.

Further down Route 15 in Maryland you’ll pass the town of Frederick. It’s a busy commercialized area but the historic downtown gets a lot of recommendations on the Maryland forums, although I’m not familiar with it myself.

South of Frederick you’ll want to take Route 340 to Harpers Ferry, where the Shenandoah River flows ino the Potomac River. The town is a National Historical Site, the location of John Brown’s Raid before the Civil War. You can park at a visitor center off Route 340 and then take a free shuttle into the town. Both the Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath go through Harpers Ferry so it’s a very popular location for hiking. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, there is a trail that leads up the hillside to Maryland Heights for a cliffside view of the town and the two rivers. They had some flooding in Maryland a few weeks back that closed some of the trails for a few days, but I think everything is back to normal now.

From there, take Route 340 a few more miles into Charles Town, where there is a casino if that’s of interest to you, and finally Route 9 to Martinsburg.

Have a great trip!

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