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State College

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State College [15] is a borough in Centre County, Pennsylvania. It is home to the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Get in

By plane

The nearest is University Park Airport (SCE) [16], 6.7 miles from the centre of the town. Flights are available from Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington and Philadelphia.

By bus

  • Greyhound, [17]. 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.

By car

State College is connected to nearby cities by the following highways

Get around

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] [18] 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.


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.


  • 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.


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


  • The Tavern, 220 E. College Avenue, +1 814 238-6116, [19]. Dinner from 5PM daily. Adjacent to Penn State, with a very nice atmosphere and excellent food and service.
  • Creamery, 119 Food Science Building, +1 814 865-7535, [20]. Generally open from 7AM to 10PM for working days. The largest university creamery in the nation.
  • Kimchi Korean Restaurant, N. Atherton St. Best Korean food in town!
  • Viet Thai Restaurant, 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
  • Otto's Pub and Brewery, 2105 North Atherton St., 814-867-6866, [3]. Microbrewery and pub-style food
  • Phyrst, 111-1/2 East Beaver Ave., [4]. The Phryst is one of State College's basement bars with a dedication to local music scene, friendly atmosphere, pool tables
  • 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. Credit cards not accepted. Menu changes daily.

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.


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.


  • Best Western University Park Inn & Suite, 115 Premier Drive, 814-234-8393 (), [5]. New hotel opened in October 2009.
  • Courtyard State College, 1730 University Drive, +1 814 238-1881 (fax: +1 814 238-3108), [6].
  • Days Inn State College, 240 South Pugh Street, +1 814 238-8454 (, fax: +1 814 237-1607), [7].
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2215 North Atherton St, + 1 814 238 3871. Newest hotel in State College!
  • Hampton Inn State College, 1101 E College Ave (Rt 322 to Rt 26 exit, hotel half mile on the right), 814-231-1590, [8]. checkin: 1500; checkout: 1200.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1925 Waddle Road, +1 814 867-1800, [9].
  • Motel 6 State College - Penn State University, 1274 North Atherton Street, +1 814 234-1600 (fax: +1 814 234-6665), [10].
  • Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, +1 814 865-8500 (, fax: +1 814 865-8501), [11].
  • Residence Inn State College, 1555 University Drive, +1 814 235-6960 (fax: +1 814 235-1630), [12].
  • SpringHill Suites State College, 1935 Waddle Road, +1 814 867-1807 (fax: +1 814 867-1879), [13].
  • Carnegie Inn and Spa, 100 Cricklewood Drive, 814-234-2424, [14]. Quaint hotel with wonderful specials and packages.

Get out

  • Greenwood Furnance State Park [21] 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.

Routes through State College
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