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Perched on the shores of its sparkling namesake lake, Erie is a bustling, diverse city, home to a thriving manufacturing sector, as well as many major corporations. The area is also an up and comer within the wine industry, with vineyards lining the outskirts of the city. Ride the clattering trolley through downtown and you’ll see well-preserved historic buildings, as well as plenty of cultural and artistic attractions.

Things to see

Millcreek Mall offers several large department stores, as well as big name brands, all within its shiny white interior. There’s also a food court with many popular fast food joints, so you can get refueled for your day of shopping. If the kids need to let off steam, take them to the gigantic Splash Lagoon, a building with flumes traveling in and out the building, and a lazy river around the perimeter that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your inner tube. On sunny days, Waldameer Water World offers thrilling, family friendly rides, as well as a large outdoor pool where dozens of kids slip down the slides and splash in the warm water. Erie Zoo is a well-designed attraction where animals roam in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats, with plenty of trees and large rocks to relax on. If you want to get a good view of Lake Erie, the Bicentennial Tower allows you to see the sights from 187 feet in the air, with an elevator to zip you to the observation decks, and the view is especially breathtaking during sunset hours.

Hotels in Erie

Most Erie hotels are one to three star, allowing you to enjoy comfortable accommodation to suit your budget. The basic motels and inns often have extras such as free parking, coffee makers, barbeque grills, cable television, and air conditioning. There are many family friendly hotels, especially by the waterfront, with indoor pools and fitness facilities, complimentary WiFi, continental and cooked breakfasts, laundry facilities, and room service. There are also plenty of accommodation options for those traveling on business, with facilities such as conference and meeting rooms, audiovisual services, and business centers.

Where to stay

Erie’s downtown area includes the Bayfront District, which is where many of the city’s major corporations are based. It’s also a pleasant stroll at night, the lights from the bars and restaurants reflected in the lake. Center City also hosts many of the skyscrapers that shape the skyline, and with many major banks operating in this area it’s popular with business travelers. North East is just to the east of Erie, sharing the beautiful views of the lake. The small borough is full of historic buildings, and the area has become famous for growing cherries and grapes, with sprawling vineyards just outside of town.

How to get to Erie

Erie International Airport is conveniently located in the west of the city, allowing you to drive into the center in less than 15 minutes. It’s easy to book or pick up a cab at the airport, and there are also desks for several car rental firms. There’s also an extensive public transport network, with buses running from the airport to the center in around 25 minutes, and plenty of connections from there to your hotel. Union Station in the center is home to Erie Amtrak Station, a stop on the Lake Shore Limited line between Chicago and New York or Boston. It also has a connection to New York City and services smaller, local stops on the Pennsylvania Railroad.