LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The program will be held at The Nittany Lion Inn, a Penn State landmark featuring handsome accommodations, flexible meeting space, and fine dining. The Inn, a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has been named a Historic Hotel of America and is renowned for its premier leisure, meeting, and conference facilities.
The 223 beautifully appointed rooms and suites feature complimentary high-speed Internet access. You can enjoy casual dining at Whiskers or choose from a more sophisticated menu in the Dining Room. The Inn is a pleasant ten-minute walk from the heart of downtown State College; a complimentary shuttle service is also available to take you to and from the downtown area.
A limited number of rooms have been set aside at the conference location. Reservations may be made online or by calling the Nittany Lion Inn. Be sure to identify yourself as a participant in the Academic Leadership Academy conference. Please provide the following reservation identification number: ACAD20A. Reservations must be made by May 14, 2021.
Toll Free: 800-233-7505
Nittany Lion Inn Website: https://nittanylioninn.psu.edu/
Reservations for check-in Sunday, check-out any day until Friday can be done online using the “Book Now” button in the upper right hand corner. If you would like to arrive on Saturday, you will need to contact the hotel directly. The online code will not work for Saturday.
By car: The University Park campus is located within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg (1.5 hrs., 90 mi.), Pittsburgh (3 hrs., 137 mi.), Philadelphia (3.5 hrs., 194 mi.), Baltimore (3.5 hrs., 155 mi.), Washington, D.C. (4 hrs., 190 mi.), New York City (5 hrs., 250 mi.), and Toronto (6.5 hrs., 304 mi.).
By air: The State College/University Park Airport is located near the conference site. Call 814-865-5511 or visit www.UniversityParkAirport.com for information on flights.
See www.psu.edu/ur/visitors.html for detailed visitor information, including maps.
While you’re attending the conference, take time to enjoy the many attractions and recreational opportunities that central Pennsylvania offers.
The State College area, known affectionately as Happy Valley, provides all the benefits of a university town — great food, a lively night life, museums, and world-class entertainment at the Bryce Jordan Center and Eisenhower Auditorium. Outdoor recreation areas for boating, fishing, hiking, and rock climbing are only minutes away.
If you wish to extend your visit to the area and spend time enjoying central Pennsylvania’s beautiful wilderness areas, rental cabins are available just a short drive from State College. The region also offers a large number of other accommodations, including historic bed and breakfast inns in State College, nearby Bellefonte, or Boalsburg.
Central Pennsylvania has a rich agricultural history, and the valleys around Penn State are dotted with working farms, some of which provide produce and artisan breads and cheese for the many local farmers’ markets. Many restaurants in the area now feature regionally grown items on their menus. The University is also located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania wine country, and there are several wineries within easy driving distance of State College. Be sure to visit the largest university creamery in the country — Berkey Creamery on Penn State’s campus — where you can savor freshly made ice cream and other delicious dairy products.
A variety of community festivals and celebrations take place throughout the year in central Pennsylvania, including First Night State College, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and the Central PA 4th Fest (featuring one of the world’s ten best fireworks displays). With so many things to do and see, State College is a great place to visit in any season.
Other reference sites for local attractions:
Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bryce Jordan Center
The State Theatre
Mount Nittany Conservancy
Rothrock State Forest