Cara Aungst

Cara Aungst

Fun Guide Managing Editor

133 articles

Nathan Reigner NMBA

Happy Valley Outdoor Guide

Build an ultimate basecamp in Happy Valley

“There's nothing finer than quenching your thirst after a bike ride in Centre County, Pennsylvania,” Nathan Reigner said. He should know. Before Reigner took the reins as Pennsylvania’s first-ever director of outdoor recreation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he was an assistant research professor in the College of Human Development at Penn State. And he really, really likes being outside in Happy Valley.

DSC 2357 Festival of the Arts

Happy Valley Outdoor Guide

Get outside with summer festivals!

Throughout the year, Happy Valley is full of great things to do, whether you are looking for live music, sporting events, outdoor recreation, festivals, or just a night out with friends. Save the date for these iconic outdoor festivals that we are looking forward to in 2023.

Hawk Watch

Live, Work, Play in Happy Valley

“The juxtaposition is so interesting” Palmer Museum’s Sarah Anne Wharton on the best-of-both-worlds Happy Valley scene

After Sarah Anne Wharton graduated from Juniata College, she launched to Maine, New Mexico and Brooklyn, New York, never expecting to land back in Central Pennsylvania. Today, she proudly calls herself a Happy Valley local. She’s a champion for the area’s unique mix of outdoor adventure, vibrant research and — as communications specialist for the Palmer Museum of Art — art for everyone.

Tps exterior at night Penn Stater

2023 Happy Valley Inspiration Guide

Stay in Happy Valley

Once you make plans to visit Happy Valley, the next step is finding out where you'll stay. If you're more comfortable with a traditional hotel, motel or inn our comprehensive list of lodging should satisfy your needs.

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