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The NVRC does not endorse or have financial arrangements with any of these commercial establishments.
All have parking. All area codes are 814.


On campus Nittany Lion Inn A lovely facility, with restaurants, but probably on the pricier side. 200 W. Park Avenue 865-8550.
East of campus Hampton Inn More economical than the Nittany Lion Inn. It has a restaurant, and is a few blocks east of campus and downtown. It's not too far from the stadium and the Half-Marathon start. Lots of visiting sports teams stay there. 1101 E. College Ave 231-1590.
East of campus Hilton Garden Inn Just a bit farther down East College and on the same side of the road as the Hampton Inn. 1221 E. College Ave 272-1221.
Downtown Days Inn Reasonable in price, restaurant, 1 ½ blocks south of campus 240 S. Pugh St 238-8454
Downtown Atherton Hotel Upscale - one block from campus on the west end, 125 S. Atherton St 231-2100.
One block south of campus Imperial Motor Inn Near The Atherton 118 S. Atherton 237-7686.
Two blocks north of campus Rodeway Inn   1040 N. Atherton 238-6783.
Five blocks north of campus Stevens Motel “homey” 1275 N. Atherton 238-2438.
Five blocks north of campus Motel 6   1274 N. Atherton 234-1600.

State College also has a Ramada Inn, Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, and Comfort Suites that can be reserved through their national 800 numbers.


If you are coming to State College, welcome! And bring your running gear.

Where to Run

Directly across Business Route 322 from Rec Hall and the Nittany Lion Inn are the Penn State golf courses. The golf courses are extremely popular with local runners and, weather permitting, a good bet for most visitors who'd like to run four miles or so. Check out several local running routes on our maps page.

Anyone may use Rec Hall's seven-lap indoor track . University guests may use the open locker rooms in Rec Hall. Bring a lock and a towel. Leave your wallet back at the hotel; the lockers do get burglarized occasionally. Visitors may use most of the other Rec Hall facilities, including squash, racquetball, and basketball courts. There are often decent pickup hoops games, but phys ed classes and teams have priority on all courts.

Going Native

Are you interested in hooking up with some of the locals? On Mondays through Fridays, noon is a popular time for small groups of regulars (the way-over-21 crowd) to form on the floor of the main gym in Rec Hall and head out for runs of 3 to 6 miles. Thursday is track day for that group. There are also folks -- not quite as many -- who head out after work, at around 5:30. Introduce yourself, by all means; someone will be glad to show you around. There are many pleasant routes through campus, town, and nearby meadows and woods.

For eight weeks during the summer there are all-comers track meets on the PSU outdoor track. These are relaxed community type events with kids, oldsters, hotshots, and not-so-hotshots; anyone is welcome.

Food and Footwear

Downtown State College is a real college town with the sort of small shops you'd expect, concentrated along College Avenue between South Allen Street and Garner Street. A favorite running-oriented store is Rapid Transit Sports (814-238-3831) in the heart of downtown, at the corner of South Allen Street and College Avenue. Nearby popular and inexpensive restaurants include the Corner Room, Irving's Bagels, Panera, the Green Bowl, and Spats. The Tavern is a nice place for dinner. Casual attire is fine for any restaurant in town.


There are plenty of nice places to stay in the State College area.

More Local Information

For those visiting or new to the State College area, two great web resources will help you get acquainted: