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Happy Valley Experiences

Along with its dynamic college town atmosphere, you'll find a region offering tranquil natural areas to explore, outdoor adventures including world-class golf and fly fishing, plus a vibrant downtown with chic boutiques and lively cultural attractions. From the restful sanctuary of Carnegie House, there are endless ways to enjoy this idyllic destination.

Toftrees Golf Course

Carnegie House overlooks the spectacular fairways of Toftrees Golf Course, nestled among pine trees and rolling hillsides. Considered one of Pennsylvania's best courses, Toftrees' 18 holes were designed by Ed Ault and offer a challenging round of fun for both beginners and seasoned golfers.

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Outdoor Adventures

The Happy Valley region boasts an abundance of outdoor recreation throughout the seasons. Recognized as Pennsylvania's crown jewel for fly fishing, avid anglers from across the nation cherish the region for its bounty of trout-filled rivers and streams. Nearby outfitters offer skeet shooting and seasonal hunts, as well as river kayaking, horseback riding and more. Ski the slopes at Tussey Mountain or snowshoe through tranquil, snowy woods.

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Arts & Culture

From local museums to art galleries, enrich your senses through State College's many landmark cultural attractions on the Penn State campus and beyond. Don't miss the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Center for Performing Arts, State Theater and the American Philatelic Center. Enjoy the lush beauty of the Arboretum at Penn State or visit for the summer's renowned Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which draws thousands for juried artworks, crafts and more.

Hiking & Exploration

Lush natural beauty is a hallmark of Happy Valley. Whether you seek gentle strolls or invigorating hilltop hikes, the State College area is home to endless adventures where you can connect with nature and soothe the senses, or trek into the hills to experience panoramic views from the scenic overlooks on Mount Nittany or along the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Enjoy a day of wonder at Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, where you can glide through limestone caverns by boat. Our culinary team can provide picnic provisions to enhance your outings.

Penn State Sports

Penn State alums, family and rival fans will experience a roaring good time during the Nittany Lions' athletic season. Enjoy a football game at Beaver Stadium or cheer on athletes participating in a variety of NCAA men's and women's sporting events. Explore the current schedules and discover the authentic team spirit of Happy Valley. Stop by the Penn State All-Sports Museum to soak in the history of this venerated school's legendary teams.