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Otherwise known as Happy Valley, State College lives up to both its names, being consistently rated as one of the top college towns and one of the least stressful places in the United States. On leafy streets where family-run businesses still hold fort, State College feels like a small town from another era. But the student population keeps things lively, with a thriving music scene and deeply passionate sports fans wearing the blue and white colors of the Nittany Lions.

Things to see

Penn State University is located right in the city center and is surrounded by a cosmopolitan array of buzzing bars, lively restaurants, and small, independent shops selling local crafts, produce, and plenty of university-related souvenirs and paraphernalia. Beaver Stadium, the home ground of the Nittany Lions football team, comes alive on game days when it turns into a sea of blue and white stripes. For those who would rather be active themselves, there are numerous hiking trails surrounding State College, leading off into the hills of Pennsylvania, or you could enjoy a round of golf at the University’s Blue and White Golf Courses. In the evening, the Bryce Jordan Center is the place for a dazzling night; it’s the city’s premier entertainment venue, with a stadium which can seat thousands. Major concerts and sporting events are often held here.

Hotels in State College

State College hotels range from leisure resorts in scenic locations to budget hotels near the downtown area, so there’s sure to be a location and hotel to fit your vacation plans and budget. State College hotels offer good value for money, with amenities including WiFi access, complimentary buffet breakfasts, free parking, and fitness facilities as a minimum. In the top-end resorts, you’ll also be treated to private golf courses, spa services, and breakfasts which are cooked to order. The hotel rooms tend to be decorated traditionally, in-keeping with the State College charm, but with contemporary fittings such as flat-screen TVs.

Where to stay

To experience the lively buzz of State College and to have a choice of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues on the doorstep, downtown is the best area in which to stay. A choice of mid-range hotels and guesthouses are available here, centered along East College Avenue. To find cheap hotels, cast your net a bit wider - along North and South Atherton Street, you’ll find a range of discount hotels and motels, still within easy walking distance of downtown. If you’re looking for a resort-style leisure break, with pretty countryside and golf courses, head north to the State Game Lands.

How to get to State College

State College has its own regional airport, University Park, located just over 5 miles from the city center, and very close to the State Game Lands. The airport receives frequent flights from major hubs including Detroit and Washington Dulles airports, so it is convenient to reach. From there, taxis, shuttle buses, and hotel-operated airport shuttles are readily available to transport you direct to your hotel. The journey to downtown takes around 10 minutes. You can also reach State College by train or bus from Pittsburgh or Philadelphia in less than 3 hours, and from New York City in around 4 hours.

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