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State College Featured on National Geographic

State College is reppin’ on National Geographic’s online “Adventure Town” series, which features 100 cities and towns all across the country worth visiting. Happy Valley came in at No. 88 on the list and is one of only two PA cities to make the cut.

The profile lists the best places to “eat, play, and sleep” in our town. “Ah, to be young and live in a rugged corner of the Alleghenies. Eighteen- to-24-year-olds make up nearly two-thirds of this Penn State playground’s population—the rest just act that age. Grads land gigs at the gear shops and outfitters among the tap rooms and taverns here, and the Happy Valley continues living up to its name,” Nat Geo writes.

The profile lists the Waffle Shop, Kelly’s Steak House*, and Zeno’s as must-visit eateries and bars in the area. It also lists trout fishing, tailgating, and farming as the bee’s knees of activities in State College. You can check out the full profile here.

*Boalsburg shouldn’t count.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

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