- 1 University Park Airport (SCE IATA) (6.7 miles from the centre of the town), ☏ . non-stop flights to Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Philadelphia.
Megabus serves State College with numerous buses from New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toledo, and Chicago. Greyhound has more limited service to State College, with buses mostly from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Each company uses a different station, Greyhound buses use the 2 State College Bus Station on 152 N Atherton St, approximately a half mile (10 minutes' walk) from the center of town. More inconveniently, the 3 Megabus bus stop is located at a Walmart parking lot, on 1665 N Atherton St. (Public transport to downtown is available nearby.)
Ourbus serves bus service from State College to New York City & vice versa. These buses operates from 152 N Atherton St, N. Atherton Street Bus Terminal, about 1/2 mile (10 minutes' walk) from the college.
State College is connected to nearby cities by the following highways.
- I-80, which traverses the state and goes towards Cleveland westbound and towards New York City eastbound, connects with I-99/US 220 north of State College.
- I-99/US 220, which connects State College with I-80 to the north and Altoona to the south. US 22 meets I-99 in Altoona and continues on to Pittsburgh.
- US 322 connects State College with Harrisburg to the east. The Pennsylvania Turnpike continues on from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.
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 are more people in town than live in Pennsylvania's third largest city (Allentown, pop. 106,000)!
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 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. Most State College routes run from 6 AM until 2:30 AM (shortly after last call) the following morning.
- 1 Pennsylvania State University, ☏ . Penn State, home of the Nittany Lions, is the main campus of a university system with nearly 100,000 students in all. The State College campus has over 45,000 students, and its undergraduate enrollment of over 40,000 makes it one of the five largest university campuses in America by undergraduate enrollment.
- 2 Matson Museum of Anthropology (Second floor of the Carpenter Building.), ☏ . M-F, 11AM-4PM. Small, free anthropology museum with a collection of archaeological, cultural, and biological artifacts. Free.
- 3 Nittany Lion Shrine (Just off of Curtin Road.). Sculpture of the Penn State mascot, the Nittany Lion. Said to be one of the most photographed locations in Pennsylvania. Free.
- 4 Palmer Museum of Art, ☏ . Free.
- 5 The Arboretum at Penn State, ☏ . Dawn-dusk. Free.
- 6 Frost Entomological Museum, 160 Curtin Rd (Visitor parking is available at East Parking Deck at 1965 Bigler Rd). M-F 10AM-4PM.
- 7 Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, 3400 Discovery Rd, Petersburg, ☏ , ShaversCreek@psu.edu. 10AM-5PM. Free (groups of 12+ are $2/person, arranged in advance).
- 8 Scotia Barrens, Scotia Range Rd, Port Matilda (Drive 0.6 miles down Scotia Range Road to park at a gate, and then follow the trail, taking every left until you reach the ruins.). Ghost town just outside of State College. Scotia was an iron mining town until the early 1900s. There are a few concrete structures remaining, now covered in graffiti. Exploring further from the main hub reveals an abandoned car hidden in the pine forest. Free.
- Watch a Penn State football game.
- Ride your bicycle: There are many dedicated paths and bike lanes around town. Nearby Rothrock State Forest, which has hosted world-class mountain bike races, has miles of trails for all levels of mountain biking. Many of the country roads surrounding State College are also ideal for road cycling. The Centre Region Bicycle Coalition [dead link] has more information on cycling in the State College area.
- 4th of July fireworks.
- 1 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.
- The Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known colloquially as THON, is the largest student run philanthropy in the world raising money for pediatric cancer care and research at the Hershey Medical Center administered by the Four Diamonds fund. It is a 46-hour dance marathon held typically the penultimate weekend of February. Entry into the Bryce Jordan Center is free and open to the public during THON.
- 2 The State Theatre, 130 W College Ave, ☏ .
- 3 Penn State Golf Courses, 1523 W College Ave, ☏ . M-Th 6ː30 AM-8ː30 PM, F 6AM 8ː30PM, Sa-Su 6AM-9PM. 18 holesːM-Th $28-33, F-Su $37-47.
There are a number of small shops downtown along College and Beaver Ave. Nittany Mall is also only a few miles away.
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.
- 1 Lupita's Authentic Mexican Food, 3180 W College Ave., ☏ . 11AM-8PM Monday-Saturday. State College's most authentic Mexican cuisine is in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant located inside a Uni-Mart.
- 2 The Tavern, 220 E College Avenue, ☏ . Dinner from 5PM daily. Adjacent to Penn State, with a very nice atmosphere and excellent food and service.
- 3 Penn State Berkey Creamery, 119 Rodney A. Erickson (In Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building), ☏ . Generally open from 7AM to 10PM for working days. The largest university creamery in the nation.
- 4 Kimchi Korean Restaurant, 1100 N Atherton St, ☏ . Best Korean food in town.
- 5 Otto's Pub and Brewery, 2235 N Atherton St, ☏ . Microbrewery and pub-style food
- 6 Phyrst, 111-1/2 East Beaver Ave., ☏ . The Phryst is one of State College's basement bars with a dedication to local music scene, friendly atmosphere, pool tables
- 7 Meyer Dairy Store, 2390 South Atherton Street, ☏ . Yummy ice-cream and fresh bottle milk.
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.
- 1 Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites, 115 Premier Drive, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2 Courtyard State College, 1730 University Drive, ☏ , fax: .
- 3 Days Inn State College, 240 South Pugh Street, ☏ , fax: , email@example.com.
- 4 Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2215 North Atherton St, ☏ . Newest hotel in State College!
- 5 Hampton Inn State College, 1101 E College Ave (Rt 322 to Rt 26 exit, hotel half mile on the right), ☏ . Check-in: 1500, check-out: 1200.
- 6 Holiday Inn Express, 1925 Waddle Road, ☏ .
- 7 Residence Inn State College, 1555 University Drive, ☏ , fax: .
- 8 SpringHill Suites State College, 1935 Waddle Road, ☏ , fax: .
- 9 Carnegie Inn and Spa, 100 Cricklewood Drive, ☏ . Quaint hotel with wonderful specials and packages.
- 10 The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd, toll-free: , ThePennStater@psu.edu. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Greenwood Furnance State Park 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|
|to Williamsport ← Bellefonte ←||N S||→ Altoona → Bedford|
|Meadville ← Clearfield ←||W E||→ Lewistown → Harrisburg|