Welcome to State College, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed Happy Valley and home to Pennsylvania State University, State College is absolutely a college town, and you'll find that most businesses and hotels in State College, PA, are focused on serving students, university employees, and those visiting the college. The invigorating and youthful vibe of the town is evident the moment you arrive, and the mix of cultural attractions, sporting events, nightlife scenes, and fun festivals is enough to make anybody want to stay longer. Perhaps you should ask State College hotels about monthly rates.
Of course, you're going to want to start your trip with a stroll through Penn State University—or even a formal tour. You should probably be chanting, "Go Nittany Lions!" the whole entire time you're at the school. While on campus, step into the Palmer Museum of Art and be moved by the visual arts exhibits on display. If the football team is playing during your stay (their season is in the fall and early winter), don't miss the chance to attend a game at the always-rowdy Beaver Stadium. Outside school grounds, you have other activities to enjoy, too. Give your body the exercise it deserves by hiking the epic Mount Nittany, learn some new things at Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, and study local history at Centre County Historical Society.
Those coming to State College from far away usually book Pittsburgh flights, and then drive or bus to the city. Understandably, you may be hungry when you arrive, so it's good to know that streets surrounding the university, especially College Avenue, Beaver Avenue, and Atherton Street, are chock full of restaurants and bars. From Irish pubs and dance clubs to Korean barbecue joints and Austrian eateries, it's all here for you to savor. Dig in!
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