Accolades + Awards

Our region, our organization, and our Partners in Tourism have been receiving high praise and top recognition for years from the travel and publishing industries.

For the most current list of Accolades + Awards click HERE.

Otherwise, look back at what's been said about us in the past decade...


Most Instagrammable Place in Pennsylvania – Hersheypark
The Beacon

Top Places to Spend Christmas on the East Coast - Hershey, PA
Trips to Discover

12 Best Places to Visit This Holiday Season - Hershey, PA
Visitor Guard

PA Farm Show 2019 - Winner of 8 IAFE Awards
International Associations of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE)

10 Best Family Vacations in the Northeast - Hershey, PA
Trips To Discover

Best Attractions for Car Enthusiasts - Mecum Auctions (#2) + AACA Museum in Hershey (#5)
USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award 2019

Best Executive Retreat - The Hotel Hershey
Smart Meetings

10 Alternative Theme Parks (to Disney) for Families - Hersheypark

Best Theme Parks in U.S. - Hersheypark (#12)
Travel + Leisure magazine

Best Places to Live in U.S. - Harrisburg, PA (#44 in U.S. + #1 City in PA on List for 2019)
U.S. News & World Report 2019

Top 5 Best Brewery Tours in America - Tröegs Independent Brewing (#4)
USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award 2019

15 Most Affordable Theme Parks in America - Hersheypark (#14)

Top Food Cities in U.S. by State - Hershey, PA

Top 30 PA Blogs to Follow in 2019 - ExploreHBG

America's Median County - Dauphin County, PA
Echelon Insights "Counties Most Representative of the U.S. as a Whole" Report 2019


5 Best Minor League Sports Cities in the Country - Hershey, PA

8 Holiday Light Displays You Don't Want to Miss - Hershey Sweet Lights
Travel Channel

10 Greatest Car Museums in USA 2018 - AACA Antique Auto Museum in Hershey

Best Historic Resort 2018 - The Hotel Hershey
Historic Hotels of America, Historic Hotels Worldwide

7 Theme Parks to Visit for Thanksgiving – Hersheypark
Travel Channel 2018

25 Best Family Weekend Getaways with Kids (Northeast Region) – Hershey, PA 2018

Best Visitors Bureau in PA (Population under 300,000) – Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine Readers' Choice 2018

10 Best Amusement Parks in America – Hersheypark
MONEY Magazine 2018

50 Cities Every American Should See – Harrisburg, PA
Budget Travel 2018

10Best Brewery Tours – Troegs Independent Brewing
USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award 2018

Top 10 Small U.S. Cities for Green Space – Harrisburg, PA
National Geographic 2018

America's Best Espresso – Little Amps Coffee Roasters
Coffee Fest Baltimore 2018

10 Best Car Shows You Won't Want to Miss – The Elegance at Hershey 2018

12 Best Automobile Museums in U.S. – AACA Museum in Hershey
Road & Track Magazine 2018

50 Best Places to Live in the America – Harrisburg, PA (#34)
U.S. News & World Report 2018


Best Visitors Bureau in PA (Population under 300,000) – Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine Readers' Choice 2017

25 Most Festive Holiday Towns – Hershey, PA

America's Most Dazzling Holiday Light Displays – Koziar's Christmas Village
Travel Channel 2017

2017 PA Historic Preservation Public Impact Award – The Millworks 
Preservation Pennsylvania 2017 

Best of Meeting Facilities in Eastern U.S. – Hershey Resorts
The Hotel Hershey & Hershey Lodge

Meetings Today magazine Readers' Choice 2017

TOP10 Minor League Sports Market in the Nation 2017 (#7)
Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal 2017

Best Places to Retire - Harrisburg, PA (#38 of 100)
U.S. News & World Report 2017

5 Coolest Breweries in U.S. - Troegs Independent Brewing - Hershey, PA
MR PORTER / (UK) 2017

Best BBQ Joint in Pennsylvania - ShakeDown BBQ 2017 - the Food & Dining Division of

10Best Car Shows - The Elegance at Hershey
USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award 2017

Top 100 Restaurants in the Country - The Millworks in Harrisburg
OpenTable 2017

One of America's Ultimate Wine Regions 2017 South Central PA 2017

Best Amusement Parks for Families Hersheypark®
Family Vacation Critic - Family Travel Site for 2017

Top Attraction in PA 2017 Hersheypark® 2017

15 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in PA
The Hotel Hershey (#3) The Inn at Westwynd Farm (#14) 2017

Best Cities for Millennials to Live Harrisburg, PA 2017

The World's Most Unusual Amusement Parks - Hersheypark®
Travel Channel 2017

12 American Theme Parks You Need to Check Out - Hersheypark® 2017

Top 17 of 2017's New Amusement Park Attractions - Hershey Triple Tower
LA Times 2017

100 Best Places to Live in the USA – Harrisburg, PA (#34)
U.S. News & World Report 2017

13 Independent Bookstores Every Booklover Should Visit in the U.S.
The Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Travel + Leisure Magazine 2017

Top Hotels Around the World Catering to Chocolate Fanatics – Hotel Hershey Travel 2017


Best Small Hotel in PA w/ Meeting & Event Space - Warehouse Hotel at the Nook
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

Best Large Hotel in PA w/ Meeting & Event Space - Hershey Lodge
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

Best Casino in PA - Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

Best Historic Venue in PA - Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

Best Winery in PA w/ Event Space - Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

Best Restaurant in PA w/ Private Dining Space - Forklift & Palate at the Nook
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

Best Transportation Provider in PA - Premiere #1 Limousine Service
PA Meetings + Events Magazine 2016

10 Best Amusement Parks in U.S. - Hersheypark®
Huffington Post 2016

Best Places to Live in U.S. - Harrisburg, PA (#25 of 100)
U.S. News & World Report 2016

The Best Summer Beers for Men - Zeroday Brewing Company: Mango Hab(anero) Pale Ale
Men's Health 2016

Most Picturesque ‘Swing State’ Capitols - PA Capitol Complex 2016

Pastry Chef of the Year 2016 - Chef Cher Harris, Hershey Resort
American Culinary Federation 2016

AAA Four Diamond Award 2016 - The Hotel Hershey (since 1980) & The Circular (since 1988)
AAA 2016

Forbes Four Star Award 2016 - The Hotel Hershey (since 1986) & The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
Forbes 2016

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2016 - The Circular (since 1996) & Devon (since 2010)
Wine Spectator 2016

Luxury Spas Roundup 2016 - The Spa At The Hotel Hershey 2016

Top 12 Hotel Spas in Northeast U.S. in 2016 - The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
The Huffington Post 2016

Historic Hotels with Cutting-Edge Spas - The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
The Wall Street Journal 2016

Top Family Amusement Parks - Hersheypark®
Travel Channel 2016

Most Popular Amusement Parks - Hersheypark® 2016

14 Holiday Amusement Parks - Hersheypark®
Pete Trabuco, Amusement Park expert & broadcaster

10Best Theme Parks for Halloween - Hersheypark® |
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2016

10Best Water Park Kids’ Area - Hersheypark®
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2016

20 Most Visited Theme Parks - Hersheypark®

Top 10 Amusement Parks - Hersheypark®
Better Homes & Gardens 2016

15 Best Amusement Parks in the World - Hersheypark®
Fodor’s Travel 2016

Top Weekend Getaways from Washington, DC - Hersheypark® 2016

Top Attendance in American Hockey League - Hershey Bears (#1 for 10th Consecutive Year)
American Hockey League 2016

Most Unique Foodie Experience in PA - Hershey’s® Chocolate World
Food Tripping by Huffington Post & Zagat 2016

Top Beer Venues in the World - Troegs Brewery (#11)
UnTappd 2016

Top 9 Indoor Sports Facilities in U.S. for 2016 - Spooky Nook
SPG Sports Planning Guide 2016

10Best Car Shows - The Elegance at Hershey (#6)
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2016

10 Reasons to Visit PA - The Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show 2016

45 Must-Visit Breweries in America - Troegs
TheBuzzBin 2016

Five Best Craft Breweries in U.S. - Troegs (#2)
Culture CheatSheet® 2016

Certificate of Excellence 2016 - Antique Automobile Museum 2016


100 Top Group Destinations in North America - Koziar's Christmas Village
American Bus Association 2015

10 Best Restaurant Towns In PA 2015 - Hershey (#5) & Harrisburg (#6) 2015

Best Beer Hubs for Brewery-Bound Travelers - Hershey, PA (#12) 2015

10Best Theme Park Halloween Events - Hersheypark® In The Dark (#7)
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2015

10Best Food Factory Tours - Hershey’s® Chocolate World (#4)
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2015

10Best New Amusement Park Attractions - Laff Trakk, Hersheypark® (#7)
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2015

Best Amusement Parks for Families - Hersheypark® (#4 of 10)
Family Vacation Critic 2015 (TripAdvisor’s Family Travel Site)

Top Underrated Amusement Parks to Visit Before You Die - Hersheypark® (#17 of 26) 2015

10 Best Amusement Parks for 2015 - Hersheypark® (#2)
Fodor’s Travel 2015

10 Best Theme Parks 2015 - Hersheypark® (#2)
Better Homes and Gardens 2015


Top Craft Breweries in Nation - Troegs Brewing Company (#44)
Brewers Association Report 2014

Top 10 – U.S. Bed and Breakfasts 2014 - The Inn at Westwynd Farm 2014

10Best Brewery Tours in U.S. - Troegs, Hershey, PA (#6)
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2014

Top 25 Amusement Parks in U.S. - Hersheypark® (#18), Travelers’ Choice Award 2014

Top 5 Theme Parks in America - Hersheypark®
10Best USA TODAY's Readers' Choice Award 2014

Best Views in PA - Millersburg Ferry Crossing on the Susquehanna River (#6), 2014

Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in America 2014 - Harrisburg, PA (#11), 2014

Top 5 Best Places to Vacation While Pregnant - Hershey, PA, 2014

Top Family Friendly Places to Fish in U.S. - Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA, 2014


Best Cities for Young Families in PA - Hershey, PA, November 2013

Worthiest Minor League Ballpark of a Road Trip - Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg, PA
Huffington Post, 2013

World’s Top Convention Centers - PA Farm Show Complex. Harrisburg, PA
Trade Show Executive Magazine, 2013

Places & Planners to Watch in the New Year - Hershey & Harrisburg Visitors Bureau
SportsEvents Magazine, Readers’ Choice Award, 2013

Top 10 States for Student Travel in U.S. - Pennsylvania
Teach & Travel magazine, 2013


High Standards of Professionalism and Quality Service 2012 - Hershey & Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
SportsEvents Magazine, Readers’ Choice Award, 2012

Top 10 Destination Marketing Organizations in Eastern U.S. - Hershey & Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
Groups Today magazine, Readers’ Choice Award, 2012


#1 Minor League Sports Market in the Nation 2009 & 2011 - Hershey & Harrisburg, PA
Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal*

Top 10 Destinations for Family Fun - Hershey, PA (#7), Traveler’s Choice Family List, 2011

Top 10 Best Golf Courses to Play in PA - Hershey Links & Hershey Country Club
Golfweek magazine, 2011


America’s Most Livable Cities 2009 (#12) & 2010 (#5) - Harrisburg, PA

100 Top Places to Live in America - Harrisburg, PA
Relocate America, 2007, 2009, 2010

Sweetest Attraction In America - Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction
Travel Advisor, 2010

Renovation of the Year 2010 - Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg, PA

Top 10 Cities in America for Business - Harrisburg, PA, 2010


Top 50 Family Hotels in US/Canada 2009 - The Hotel Hershey
Travel + Leisure

Top 25 Hotel Spas in Continental US/Canada 2009 - The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
Travel + Leisure

The 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America 2009 - Hershey Resorts
Golf Digest

Best Local Festival 2009 - Pennsylvania Farm Show
Central Penn Parent Magazine, Readers’ Choice Award, 2009

PA Preservation Award 2009 - Harrisburg’s Historic District Design & Preservation Guide
Preservation PA

Best of Hershey Award in Entertainment Service 2009 - Hershey Theatre
US Commerce Association (USCA)

40 Strongest U.S. Metro Economies - Harrisburg, PA
BusinessWeek, 2009

Prior to 2009

Top 5 Best Cities to Retire - Harrisburg, PA
Kiplinger’s Magazine, 2007

Top 25 of the Best Green Places - Harrisburg, PA
Country Home Magazine, 2007

Top 10 Ultimate Hockey Experiences in North America - Hershey, PA, 2006

Top Ten Most Affordable U.S. Meeting Locations - Hershey & Harrisburg, PA
GetThere magazine, 2006

South Central PA is Keystone to Major Markets in Mid-Atlantic and Canada

The Hershey Harrisburg Region in south central PA is strategically located close to major domestic and international markets. Forty percent (40%) of the U.S. population and more than sixty percent (60%) of Canada’s population live within a 500-mile radius of the HH Region. An extensive inter-modal transportation system of highways, railroads, ports and airports easily moves people and goods to these vital markets. Consider the opportunities when you are within several hours to a one-day drive from some of the richest consumer and industrial markets within the United States and Canada. Not only are these vast markets, but doing business in the region has never been easier. – Source:

*Consecutive biennial awards from Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal



  • Mary Smith, President & CEO of Visit Hershey & Harrisburg is available for media interviews regarding the contents of this news release.
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  • The bureau will make every effort to accommodate all interview requests.


Visit Hershey & Harrisburg is the official non-profit partnership-based Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) leading economic growth through destination sales, consumer marketing, public relations, and tourism development in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The organization, accredited by Destination Marketing since 2010, is committed to actively marketing the tourism assets in the Hershey & Harrisburg Region to business and leisure travelers both domestic & international. The bureau also leads regional sales efforts to attract meeting & event organizers, sporting event producers, and group tour leaders. For more information go to or call 877-727-8573.