Visit Central PA

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State College, home to the Pennsylvania State University, is located in the heart of central Pennsylvania, the town is just a short drive from New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This makes it a nice weekend trip.

State College, also known as “Happy Valley”, is ranked one of the best places for families, retirees, new graduates and entrepreneurs.

The Penn State campus has many must-stops including the Berkey Creamery (where Ben & Jerry’s learned the trade), the Penn State Arboretum, Palmer Art Museum and the Penn State All-Sports Museum.

Who knew that seven state governors could emerge from one little town? That is the case in Bellefonte, just a short 15 minute drive from State College. The picturesque town is a favorite of photogs looking for that perfect Instagram shot or antique shoppers. However, stay for a drink at Big Spring Spirits or Good Intent Cider.

Boalsburg is home to the largest collection of authentic Christopher Columbus artifacts in North America. How did they end up in central Pennsylvania? Visit the Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion to find out. After you finish there head to the Pennsylvania Military Museum, which highlights the commonwealth’s involvement in various wars.

Our region also has top-notch hiking trails and has been ranked a top-notch mountain biking destination. If you want something a little more tame, stop into Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park for an all-boat tour of the cavern below ground.