Destination guide

Penn State’s vibrant downtown

State College is home to the main campus of Pennsylvania State University and many State College vacation rentals are just a short walk from campus – or clustered around Beaver Stadium, home to Penn State’s Nittany Lions football team. Whether you’re visiting the university, have been drawn by the Festival of the Arts, or simply want to explore the nearby mountains, state parks, or ski runs, you’ll find State College a great place to stay. Enjoy the quirky downtown and explore the beautiful natural state parks that crowd around the outskirts of this university town.

Things to do

Get stuck into the Festival of the Arts

Here’s another reason you’ll want to book a State College vacation rental. In summer, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts attracts over 125,000 visitors to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State. This celebration of creativity features colorful performances, street painting, family activities, and sidewalk sales every July. The family-friendly, alcohol-free First Night festival – with craft stalls, ice sculptures, ice skating, and 5k resolution run – draws similar numbers to State College’s New Year celebrations.


Discover the region dubbed Happy Valley

State College is a football town. On autumnal Saturdays throughout football season, streets are packed blue and white with families visiting to roar on the Lions. Being a college town, State College offers a delicious pick of bakeries, coffee houses, galleries, and restaurants. The quaint main street boasts many shops and restaurants worth exploring. Don’t miss sampling the ice cream at the renowned University Creamery. This is ice cream that claims greatness, has been enjoyed by a President, and is something of a football weekend tradition.


All-weather enjoyment in State College

Football is really the only season that counts in State College. However, the area does enjoy good seasonal variations in climate, from the balmy highs of summer, to the snowy winter months of December through March. The fresh spring months are ideal for biking, hiking, and bird and wildlife watching in the nearby State Parks, as are the cooler fall months when you’ll be treated to a riot of autumnal color. Book a State College vacation rental a little out of town and you’ll find yourself in the midst of nature.

Natural features

Venture further afield

State College is surrounded by natural wilderness, with the lush stretches of Black Moshannon State Park just to the north, Rothrock State Forest to the south, and Bald Eagle State Forest also within driving distance. Numerous shaded trails crisscross through these natural forests, offering glimpses across wide tracts of deeply wooded hillsides from rocky ridges. The still waters of the lake at Black Moshannon are fed by clear mountain streams and perfect for boating, fishing, and bird watching. Its trails also offer opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and – when in season – hunting.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around State College

Fly into State College, PA (SCE-University Park), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Altoona, PA (AOO-Blair County), which is 42.2 mi (67.9 km) away.

Where to stay around State College?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 200 vacation rentals near State College. From 148 Houses to 15 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near State College for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to State College?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in State College. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pennsylvania State University: 207 vacation rentals
  • Penn State University's Blue and White Golf Courses: 189 vacation rentals
  • The Arboretum at Penn State: 193 vacation rentals
  • Penn State Ice Pavilion: 191 vacation rentals
  • Bryce Jordan Center: 192 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around State College listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in State College?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 148 Houses in State College. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in State College include:

  • Cabins: 15 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 15 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in State College?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in State College. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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