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We Are... Penn State!

State College, PA, United States
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State College, home to my alma mater, Penn State University, is the best college town in the country. I may be a bit biased, though. The town is in central Pennsylvania, a couple hours away from the nearest major towns (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia). Despite being in the middle of nowhere, the town has everything you need and more. The campus itself is huge, from East Halls where all of the freshman live, to Old Main, over to the unique IST Building that crosses Atherton Street. Of course, no visit to Penn State is complete without a trip to the Lion Shrine.

If you are looking for good places to eat, try the Corner Room (right across the street from campus) for casual dining, the Allen Street Grill (same building but upstairs) for more upscale dining, and Rotelli’s. If you’re looking to go out, Cafe 210 West, Pickles, and Bar Bleu are some of the more popular locations. Cafe has the best patio in State College if you are looking to sit outside and people watch.

There is more to do outside of the downtown area. Hiking Mount Nittany is a great afternoon activity. It is not too stressful of a hike, but it is enough to make you really appreciate the view once you are at the top. The surrounding communities of Bellefonte and Boalsburg are very quaint little towns that are worth a drive through.
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Bars and nightlife

Otto's Pub and Brewery
Good food and a nice selection of craft beers.
Kildare's Irish Pub
Irish pub a little removed from the campus.
Basement bar with a cheap happy hour on Friday nights.
Bill Pickles Tap Room
Chill bar with windows open to the sidewalk.
bar bleu
The fishbowls are a must here.
Mad Mex
Endless burritos for $6 on Mondays!
Cafe 210 West
Get one of their famous teas!


The Nittany Lion Inn of the Pennsylvania State University
Good place to stay if you are looking for more upscale lodging.

Points of interest

Old Main
Famous landmark of Penn State.
Beaver Stadium
The best football stadium in the country.
Nittany Lion Shrine
The most famous landmark of Penn State.


Wings Over
THE BEST boneless wings you will ever have in your life.
The Allen Street Grill
More upscale dining right across the street from campus.
The Corner Room
Very casual dining at a great price.
Rotelli Pizza & Pasta
Very cheap lunch specials during the week.

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