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Erie Introduction

Offering sandy beaches, award-winning attractions, and lashings of sunshine, Erie is one of Pennsylvania's top vacation spots. The city is set on the banks of Lake Erie and is awash with family fun, whether you're riding roller coasters in the amusement park or exploring Presque Isle State Park. Erie has also earned its stripes on the Great Lakes food and wine circuit, with boutique vineyards and craft breweries popping up across the county.

Hotels in Erie

Erie offers accommodation for every budget, from high-end hotels to budget motor inns. Luxury hotels in Erie are set on the lakeshore and raise the bar, with spacious suites and stylish decor. You'll enjoy on-site drinking and dining options, as well as pools, fitness centers, and breakfast buffets. Request a waterfront room for established brand names. Guests are treated to modern rooms, fast WiFi, and excellent service.

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Where to stay

Popular with couples and business travelers, waterfront hotels put you close to shops and restaurants in downtown Erie, as well as the Bayfront Convention Center. Many of Erie's top family-friendly hotels are located west of the downtown core, within walking distance of top attractions, such as Waldameer Water World. You'll also enjoy easy access to the airport. Budget travelers can snap up discount hotels clustered around the train station in downtown Erie. Chain hotels are strung along the I-90 and other major highways. Enjoy a comfortable stay with midrange brands or unlock savings with motels and motor inns.

Things to see

Packed with over 100 rides and attractions, Waldameer Water World offers fun for the whole family. Thrill seekers can ride dizzying roller coasters, while the log flume and water slides are guaranteed to cool you down on a hot day. The Erie Maritime Museum recalls the town's fascinating past, covering everything from the War of 1812 to the town's working lighthouses. U.S. Brig Niagara, a replica of the double-masted sailing ship that helped defeat a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie, is the museum's showpiece. Nature lovers flock to Presque Isle State Park, a sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie. Sandy beaches and crystalline water make it a favorite with sunseekers. You can also explore scenic hiking trails that wind through pine forests, oak groves, and rolling dunes. For a taste of Lake Erie's vibrant food and wine scene, spend the day visiting local vineyards or sipping your way through the Ale Trail.

How to get to Erie

Erie is in Pennsylvania, a 2-hour drive from Pittsburgh and 1.5 hours from Buffalo, New York. Most visitors arrive by car, with access via the I-79, I-86, and I-90. Greyhound buses run from Pittsburgh to Erie in around 4 hours. Cleveland, 100 miles west of Erie, is another popular gateway. Drive in 1.5 hours or ride the Lake Shore Limited passenger train. A handful of US-owned carriers fly into Erie International Airport, a 15-minute drive or taxi ride from the downtown core.