State College

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Visit the home of Penn State University to explore its academic history, then stay a while to enjoy its distinctive small-town delights.

Discover the charm and diverse cultural attractions of State College, home to Penn State University. The town was founded in the mid-19th century to provide housing and resources for the university. Today State College is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular destinations.

Head to Beaver Stadium during football season to watch the Nittany Lions play on their home turf. State College transforms into a hub of activity on game days as fans flock from all over the country. Learn more about the university’s athletic accomplishments at Penn State All-Sports Museum.

Visit the Palmer Museum of Art, which has 11 galleries filled with everything from modern pieces to centuries-old paintings. Watch a play at the Center for the Performing Arts or enjoy live music at the historic State Theatre. In July, experience the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a celebration of the region’s artistic and cultural pursuits that attracts over 100,000 visitors.

Admire the region’s famous fall foliage at the Arboretum at Penn State. The university’s picturesque campus is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or play a game of catch.

The historic downtown area borders Penn State’s campus. Satisfy your appetite at one of the ethnic restaurants, coffee shops or bistros that line the streets. Admire the historic architecture as you browse the neighborhood’s shops and galleries. Enjoy State College’s nightlife, enlivened by the student community.

Hike Mount Nittany, a natural landmark located just 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of State College in Lemont. Bring the kids on a beginner trail or challenge yourself on one of the paths for more experienced hikers.

State College is 86 miles (138 kilometers) from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city. University Park Airport flies to many U.S. cities and is located just minutes from the downtown area. State College delights visitors by combining natural attractions with the vitality, style and culture of a university town. Root on Penn State teams or explore the lively downtown in this unique Pennsylvania destination.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, State College (Penn State Area), PA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, State College (Penn State Area), PA
3 out of 5
1357 E College Ave, State College, PA
Fully refundable
The price is Rs7,633 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated in State College, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Ice Pavilion and Bryce Jordan Center. Beaver Stadium ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"Under construction, which is understandable, but load trucks in parking lot till 11 PM"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, State College (Penn State Area), PA
Hyatt Place State College
Hyatt Place State College
3 out of 5
219 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA
The price is Rs8,657 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Located in the heart of State College, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University. Bryce Jordan ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"Wonderful staff at check in! The room was fantastic. Breakfast was the best hotel breakfast I have ever had - considering the choices (which were many) - I would prefer this breakfast to most, if not all, restaurants. Well worth the room rate - a great finish to a great PSU weekend!"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Hyatt Place State College
Graduate State College
Graduate State College
4 out of 5
125 S Atherton St, State College, PA
The price is Rs7,830 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb
Located in the heart of State College, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pennsylvania State University, Palmer Museum of Art and The Arboretum at Penn State. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (489 reviews)
"Fun Penn State themed decor giving an old-school traditional college vibe. Rooms are spacious, beds very comfortable. Feels like you are staying in a grand old home rather than a hotel. Hallways are a bit claustrophobic though because they are narrow and ceilings low with no windows and elevators ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022

Graduate State College
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
3 out of 5
3000 Horizon Vue Dr., Canonsburg, PA
The price is Rs6,860 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Situated in a regional park, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Printscape Arena at Southpointe, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Perry Como Statue and Canonsburg ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (816 reviews)
"The breakfast was a excellent choice! The pool was under maintenance huge disappointment, and I came from another state to speak with the Manager, about hosting a conference there with a team of people, and the Manager was not there, and neither did he return my email or call. So i gave the the 4 ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
Pocono Mountain Villas
Pocono Mountain Villas
3.5 out of 5
2157 River Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pocono Indian Museum and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Delaware River and ...
3.6/5 Good! (76 reviews)
"I love the experience it was a great property"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2021

Pocono Mountain Villas
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
3 out of 5
1410 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is Rs10,514 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Located in Strip District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre and David L Lawrence Convention Center. Benedum ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,045 reviews)
"This is one of the largest Homewood Suites I've stayed in. When you come in, you're greeted with elevators that take you to the main lobby. There's a new meaning to open concept here! The main seating area is just left of the lobby then beyond the left side of the lobby is a bar and pool table. There's ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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