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State College, located in Central Pennsylvania, has been named one of the best adventure towns by National Geographic and one of the best college towns by USA Today in the United States, and that aptly-named title is earned through our shopping, sporting events, music and arts festivals, historic and cultural offerings and legendary mountain biking, hiking and marathons. No matter what you’re looking for, if you want it - Centre County has it!
Centre County boasts some of the best mountain biking in the country, including miles of single track through Rothrock State Forest. Float through Penn’s Cave, the only all-water commercial cavern in the United States, and explore the cave’s fascinating rock structures by boat. Fly fishing is an international sport on Central PA with more than 200 miles of trout streams; cast a line in famous locations that have hosted U.S. Presidents, world championships and everything in between.
Relish the flora and fauna of the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, get pampered at one of our world-class spas, tee off at a 4.5 star PGA rated golf course or climb Mount Nittany for spectacular views. Get your adrenaline pumping and challenge yourself on one of the largest vertical adventure courses on the East Coast or join some of the biggest names in extreme sports on the half pipe at Camp Woodward.
Dip into the Penn State Creamery where Ben & Jerry got their start in ice cream, visit the Palmer Art Museum or rock out at the Bryce Jordan Center with headlining bands and some of the biggest names in entertainment. Step up to the plate with MiLB's State College Spikes, the Class ‘A’ affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, where they share one of the only LEED certified green stadiums in baseball with the Penn State Nittany Lion team.
Stroll through historic shopping districts with outdoor cafés, restaurants and night clubs or enjoy fine dining and experience Broadway…a little off Broadway. Meander through Farmer’s Markets all year long to pick up anything from local produce to wine to organic beauty supplies.
Bellefonte is an architect’s dream. Stately Victorian mansions and Georgian-style architecture dating back to the 1700’s share space with a historic train station and many quaint bed & breakfasts. Boalsburg is one of the area’s best kept secrets - the birthplace of Memorial Day is also home to the Pennsylvania Military Museum and descendants of Christopher Columbus.
Get festive this summer at the Central PA 4th Fest and Central PA Festival of the Arts, and then indulge in one of many road trips through vineyards and artists’ studios. Treat your taste buds with Happy Valley Culinary Week a food-centric celebration recognizing area chefs and locally grown food. And don't miss the tastiest way to tour the area - the Central PA Tasting Trail! You'll explore an ever-expanding group of craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries that call Centre County home.
Happy Valley has the perfect home-away-from-home for every style and budget. For lodging availability and options contact the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau at 800-358-5466.