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State College may have started life as a college town, serving Penn State University, but it’s grown to become much more. Visit ‘Happy Valley’ and you’ll find everything from a passionate sports culture to great shopping and nightlife. Catch a football match at Beaver Stadium, take the family to the interactive Discovery Space museum, or get out of town for a hike through Rothrock State Forest.

State College is an easy place to drive and home to a wide choice of car rental firms. With so much beautiful Pennsylvanian scenery on your doorstep, you won’t be able to resist a road trip. Let Orbitz be your guide to the best deal.

State College and beyond: Three destinations by car

State College sits at the heart of Central Pennsylvania, giving you an excellent choice of day trip destinations. Here are three of our favorites.

Pine Creek Gorge

Take a stunning road trip to the ‘Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania’. You can drive along the entire west rim of the 1,000ft-deep gorge for hair-raising views. Alternatively, park up at Leonard Harrison State Park and stretch your legs with a hike along one of the trails, taking in gorgeous views of the canyon’s waterfalls and wildlife along the way.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 50 miles

Harrisburg

Pennsylvania’s beautiful capital is an easy drive from State College. Sitting on the banks of the Susquehanna River, it boasts grand architecture – don’t miss a visit to the Capitol building – and fantastic museums. The National Civil War Museum and the State Museum of Pennsylvania are two of the best.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 90 miles

Gettysburg

A drive to this historic town is a must for anyone interested in military history. Visit the poignant site of the Civil War’s famously bloody Battle of Gettysburg – now a National Military Park – for live battle demonstrations, educational exhibits at the site’s museum, and fascinating ranger-led guided tours.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 125 miles