Pennsylvania's Erie Region is aptly named; Erie is its largest city and Lake Erie is its favorite destination. The area claims a population just short of 1 million people with steady increases since the last census.
- Crawford County
- Erie County
- Mercer County
- Venango County
The Erie Region of Pennsylvania, characterized by its connection to the Great Lakes, stands in contrast to downstate Pennsylvania. The region specialized in ship-building, shipping, and industry more closely related to the Great Lakes cities of Buffalo and Rochester, rather than the oil refineries in cities like Philadelphia and the steel industry of Pittsburgh. The region has close ties to Great Lakes sports teams, including the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Red Wings. Northwestern Pennsylvania is much like Western New York, in that it is entirely different from the eastern, more coastal half of the state. It is also much colder and snowier with lake-effect snow falling almost every day during the Winter months. Lake-effect snows occur quite often in the winter months; however, they are more of a threat when the wind comes from the northwest, usually after a low pressure system passes through the area.
Great Lakes dialect has a strong presence in northwestern Pennsylvania. One would be hard-pressed to distinguish between those who live in western upstate New York (Rochester, Buffalo) and those who live in Erie. Many O's become A's ("mam" instead of "mom," for example).
The Erie Region is served by Erie International Airport, as well as the smaller Venango Airport in Franklin. The larger airports, Pittsburgh International Airport and Buffalo-Niagara International Airport are also viable options, if you don't mind driving for a few hours after your arrival. Some taxis can be found in Erie, but car is the preferred and recommended method of travel for the region.
- Lake Erie During the summer months, Lake Erie is just like any beach along the coast and has its own cultural flair that is sure to add to the experience of going to an inland beach!
- Presque Isle State Park, Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA. A State Park that is open year round with miles of beaches, paved trails and beautiful views. free admission.
- Waldameer Park and Water World, 220 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA (I-79 to West 12th, take Peninsula Drive North), ☎ +1 814-835-7435. vary. Family oriented amusement and water slide park free admission.
- Nunzi's Place, 2330 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16510 (I-90 State Street Exit North to 38th Street, then 2 miles east), ☎ +1 814 825-2940. Family owned Italian restaurant with a huge menu filled with pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches at very reasonable prices.
- Buffalo is an hour and a half east on I-90.
- Cleveland is a couple of hours west on I-90.
- Finger Lakes
- Holiday Valley