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State College [17] is a borough in Centre County, Pennsylvania. It is home to the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest is University Park Airport (SCE) [18], 6.7 miles from the centre of the town. Flights are available from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.' and Detroit.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, [19]. The local Greyhound station is approximately a half mile (10 minutes' walk) from the centre of town.
  • Megabus, [1]. Service from New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg. The bus stop is located at the southwest corner of the Walmart partking lot at 1665 N Atherton St (between Aaron Dr and Martin St/Vairo Blvd). Fares from $1 and up.  edit

By car[edit]

State College is connected to nearby cities by the following highways

Get around[edit]

Most of downtown State College can be seen by simply walking around the compact downtown and university campus. Although a car is convenient, to get to the outskirts of town, a bike is sufficient.

If you prefer to take public transportation, [CATA] [20] provides on-time bus service to most of the county. There are also free buses running through the downtown area, as well as through campus.

See[edit][add listing]

Pennsylvania's 3rd largest city, sort of
Football is a big deal throughout the Midwest, but college football is an especially big deal for Penn State fans. While the population of State College and adjacent College Township is less than 50,000, during Penn State home games as many as 110,000 people crowd into Beaver Stadium. On football Saturdays, there's more people in town than live in Pennsylvania's third largest city (Allentown, pop. 106,000)!!

  • Penn State University, [2]. Penn State, home of the Nittany Lions, is one of the ten largest universities in America with over 84,000 enrolled students.  edit
  • Mount Nittany. A local mountain that lends its name to the University's athletic teams. The views of campus and Happy Valley from its summit are not to be missed.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Watch a Penn State football game.
  • Drink.
  • 4th of July fireworks.
  • Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. A variety of artists come to display their work on the streets of downtown State College and surrounding campus area. Live music, food stands and family friendly activities bring people from all over Pennsylvania.  edit
  • Mountain Bike. The rolling, green, mountainous town of State College is a great place for mountain biking, with over 220mi of trails in the area (according to Mountain Bike Project). Nearby Rothrock State Forest boasts 91 trails, most of which are accessible to both hikers and bikers. The Bicycle Shop offers affordable bike rentals.  edit
  • Summer's Best Music Fest, [3]. A music festival held every June in downtown State College.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are a number of small shops downtown along College and Beaver Ave. Nittany Mall is also only a few miles away.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Berkey Creamery, 119 Food Science Building, +1 814 865-7535, [21]. Generally open from 7AM to 10PM for working days. The largest university creamery in the nation famous for its unique ice cream flavors, including Peachy Paterno.
  • Cozy Thai Bistro, 232 South Allen Street, 814-237-0139, [4]. A restaurant offering fresh Thai food in a funky dining space. BYOB.  edit
  • Herwig's Austrian Bistro, 132 West College Avenue, 1 814 238-0200, Delicious Austrian Soul Food. Menu is in German, the staff will read it to you in English. BYOB. Menu changes daily.
  • Kimchi Korean Restaurant, N. Atherton St. Best Korean food in town!
  • Otto's Pub and Brewery, 2105 North Atherton St., 814-867-6866, [5]. Microbrewery and pub-style food  edit
  • The Tavern, 220 E. College Avenue, +1 814 238-6116, [22]. Dinner from 5PM daily. Adjacent to Penn State, with a very nice atmosphere and excellent food and service.
  • Viet Thai Restaurant (CLOSED), 146 N. Atherton St.. Serving excellent dishes of both Thai and Vietnamese food, this restaurant is a highlight of State College's Asian cuisine. BYOB  edit

There are other numerous restaurants such as Applebees, Chili's, Baby's (a 50s style diner), and many little cafes and smaller restaurants no matter where you find yourself.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe 210 West, 210 West College Avenue, Watering hole known for its outside patios and Long Island Iced Tea Pitchers. Great food and drink specials, with live entertainment almost every night.
  • Phyrst, 111 1/2 East Beaver Avenue, An Irish-themed basement bar with pool tables, live entertainment, and a friendly atmosphere. Best happy hour in town with almost all drinks at half-price (including $1.50 Yuengling and Coors drafts). Don't forget to try some Phyrst Fries!
  • All-American Rathskeller, 108 South Pugh Street, "The Skeller," as it's locally known, features live music, a friendly atmosphere, and a Cajun-inspired food menu. Adorned with Penn State memorabilia, this long-running establishment claims to be the oldest bar in Pennsylvania, as it was founded soon after the end of prohibition in 1933. Closed Sundays.
  • Shandygaff, 212 East College Avenue (main entrance on Calder Alley), A favorite among students, the Gaff offers great drink specials and is famous for its Wednesday karaoke nights. Also notorious for being the only bar in State College where customers are allowed to smoke. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Drinking is what State College is known for, second only to football. Whether you prefer sports bars, dance clubs, or Irish pubs, with over 20 bars in a mile radius, everyone is sure to find something to their liking.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western University Park Inn & Suite, 115 Premier Drive, 814-234-8393 (), [6]. New hotel opened in October 2009.  edit
  • Courtyard State College, 1730 University Drive, +1 814 238-1881 (fax: +1 814 238-3108), [7].  edit
  • Days Inn State College, 240 South Pugh Street, +1 814 238-8454 (, fax: +1 814 237-1607), [8].  edit
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2215 North Atherton St, + 1 814 238 3871. Newest hotel in State College!  edit
  • Hampton Inn State College, 1101 E College Ave (Rt 322 to Rt 26 exit, hotel half mile on the right), 814-231-1590, [9]. checkin: 1500; checkout: 1200.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1925 Waddle Road, +1 814 867-1800, [10].  edit
  • Motel 6 State College - Penn State University, 1274 North Atherton Street, +1 814 234-1600 (fax: +1 814 234-6665), [11].  edit
  • Residence Inn State College, 1555 University Drive, +1 814 235-6960 (fax: +1 814 235-1630), [13].  edit
  • SpringHill Suites State College, 1935 Waddle Road, +1 814 867-1807 (fax: +1 814 867-1879), [14].  edit
  • Carnegie Inn and Spa, 100 Cricklewood Drive, 814-234-2424, [15]. Quaint hotel with wonderful specials and packages.  edit
  • The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd,, +1 814 863 5050 (, fax: +1 814 865-8501), [16].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Greenwood Furnance State Park [23] is located approximately 30 minutes southwest of State College using PA-26 and PA-305. It offers camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities in season.
  • Penn's Cave [24] is located less than 30 minutes northeast of State College in Centre Hall. Known for its many limestone formations, tours of the cave by boat are available daily between 9 AM and 5 PM

Routes through State College
Ends at I-80.pngBellefonte  N noframe S  AltoonaBedford
MeadvilleClarion  W noframe E  LewistownHarrisburg

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