Erie, Pennsylvania, is a lovely city located on the shores of Lake Erie and geographically close to Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. The city is positioned in the snow belt running from Ohio to Syracuse, NY, which receives a large amount of snow from lake effect storms. Due to the lowered costs of hotels in Erie, Pennsylvania, compared to those just across the border, many tourists choose to find lodging in the city or nearby for winter activities. With Erie’s proximity to the Allegheny Mountains, it’s perfect for snowbirds and skiers.
An amazing number of opportunities for lodging are available from small, locally owned motels to large and luxurious chain hotels. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the right place to stay within your hotel budget in Erie.
Things to Do
When visiting you won’t want to miss the Erie Maritime Museum or the ship Niagara located on the marinas. Don’t forget to visit the rest of the waterfront where the Bayfront Convention Center and the Burger King Amphitheater are found. The Erie Philharmonic often plays in this center, which provides a rich cultural addition to any vacation. Residents of Erie refer to the gorgeous Presque Isle State Park as “the Peninsula,” since the park is actually a thin strip of land projecting into Lake Erie.
If you’ve decided that culture is more your thing, visit the third largest library in the state, which is right in the downtown area of Erie. The Erie Art Museum can be found in the Old Customs House on State Street. Not only can you find art, but the museum hosts a concert series.
If you’re using your own vehicle, Erie is connected to Interstate 90 that runs from coast to coast and Interstate 79 that runs into West Virginia and is the western terminus for the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86). Both of these main thoroughfares are close to hotels in Erie, Pennsylvania. If you prefer to park and ride, the city has a comprehensive metro transit system run by the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA).