Travel

By Air

The State College/University Park Airport is located near the conference site. Call 814-865-5511 or visit the University Park/State College Airport website for information on flights.

Shuttle Bus

For those ASV attendees intending to fly into the University Park Airport (SCE), a shuttle van will be available on the primary arrival days of Friday and Saturday, and on Wednesday to return you to the airport. Details will be available in early summer.

The shuttle bus option to/from Harrisburg International Airport-State College will not be pursued due to insufficient interest. ASV participants with flights into Harrisburg should make their own transportation arrangements for the remainder of their travel to State College. View these car rental and taxi websites.

By Bus

The following companies provide bus service between major cities to State College, Pennsylvania: Greyhound and Megabus.

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.).

Visa Information

International participants arriving from outside the United States should visit travel.state.gov/visa/temp/temp_1305.html. Note: Obtaining U.S. visas may require a visit to a U.S. consulate or embassy, payment of a fee, and significant wait time. Please contact your local U.S. consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information.

Letter of Invitation

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the 2013 American Society for Virology Meeting may write to the ASV conference planner, Nancy Shiffler Eckard at conferences@outreach.psu.edu. Note: A letter of invitation is provided only after the individual has completed registration for the ASV meeting. Please include your name, professional title, institution, business address, and email address. The letter will be provided by email.

Visitor Information

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 and 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
StateCollege.com
HappyValley.com

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