Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a model industrial town created for its workers in the early 20th century. Now, one hundred years on, it is a smart tourist draw. Formerly known as Derry, the settlement was renamed Hershey for the chocolate-maker and candy entrepreneur Milton S. Hershey, who built his factory and the town here in 1903. Known variously as “Chocolatetown USA” and the “The Sweetest Place on Earth” it is nirvana for anyone with a sweet tooth.
When to visit HersheyThe average summer temperatures in Hershey are around 85ºF and the equivalent winter temperatures are closer to 35ºF. The town's attractions are generally open year-round, with Halloween and Christmas being especially popular.
How to get to HersheyTo travel to Hershey the closest airport is Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). There are also Amtrak rail links at Harrisburg and bus services that link Hershey with the rest of Pennsylvania and beyond.
Hershey attractionsHershey's Chocolate World is a factory tour with a difference and fun for the entire family. Nearby is the Hershey Story museum which tells of the development of the town by Milton S, Hershey. Hersheypark is an amusement park with roller coasters, originally provided for the factory workers when it was first built in 1907 but now open to tourists. In combination with the park there are Hotel Hershey discounts and other packages with the Hershey Lodge nearby.
Where to stay in HersheyDowntown hotels stretch along Chocolate Avenue and its intersection, Cocoa Avenue. Hotels.com offers the best choice of hotels in Hershey and beyond. If you want to stay closer to a major city, in a chain hotel such as a Marriott, Hilton, or Hyatt then it's possible to select from a assortment of hotels near Hershey, in Harrisburg, say.