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[[Image:eriepa.jpg|thumb|325px|right|Downtown Erie]]
'''Erie''' is a city of about 100,000 in Northwestern [[Pennsylvania]]. It is Pennsylvania's only lake port on the [[Great Lakes]] (Lake Erie).
===By plane===
Erie is within a two hour drive of Buffalo-Niagara, Cleveland-Hopkins and Pittsburgh International Airports. '''Erie International Airport ''' ({{IATA|ERI}}) [] (ERI) is a medium airport that is worth considering. The airport is served by four major airlines: Continental (via Cleveland), Delta (via Cincinnati and new service to Atlanta), /Northwest (via Detroit), and US Airways (via Pittsburgh or Philadelphia). Bargains can be had and the airport itself is a breeze to navigate, get in and out of, and also has a full compliment of car rental agencies on-site. Parking is easy, but it is also fairly pricey. (Erie's airport is not large enough to justify a competitive parking market like most larger airports have - park on-site, get a friend to drive, or take a cab/bus.)
===By bus===
Erie has a newly built '''Greyhound Bus Station''' [] located right across from the Library and Maritime Museum. Buses come and go frequently from [[Buffalo (New York)|Buffalo]] and [[Cleveland]]. Erie can even be accessed from [[New York City]], [[Chicago]], and [[Toronto]] typically with only one transfer. City buses stop at the station, so you can visit parts of the city without a taxi or car, although you will have less freedom.
===By train===
Amtrak serves the downtown Union Station, although this is not a common method of transportation, as most, if not all trains arrive or depart between midnight and 6:00 AM00AM.
===By car===
==Get around==
===By car===
Erie is laid out in an easy to understand grid pattern paralleling the Lake Erie coastline. Numbered streets starting with the northern most 2nd Street run roughly east-west. (The bayfront highway loops around this grid, taking the place of what would be a "1st Street". Major E/W thoroughfares are 6th, 12th, 26th and 38th Street. The center of town is split north-south by State Street. N/S streets on the west side of town are typically named after trees (Peach, Poplar, Chestnut) and on the east side after countries (French, German, Holland). The two major north-south routes through the center of town are State and Peach (Peach diverges to the southwest after 26th street.) Major N/S streets listed from west to east are Pittsburgh, Greengarden, Liberty, Chestnut, Peach, State, French, Parade, East. As you can see, this naming convention is not hard and fast, and breaks down in all directions the further you get from the city center. The suburbs of Fairview, Millcreek, Harborcreek, Lawrence Park and Wesleyville also stick to this rough grid pattern to some degree as you move away from the city.
===By bus===
Bus (EMTA []) service primarily stretches from Fairview in the west to Harborcreek in the east, and south to the I-90/Peach Street shopping district. Regional shuttles connect the outlying communities of Edinboro, Waterford, Corry, Union City, Girard and Albion. EMTA is available by phone at (814) 452-3515.
===By taxi===
Taxis are rare in Erie - apart from the airport and perhaps the very center of town, calling ahead is a must.
*<see name="Erie Art Museum" alt="" address="411 State Street" directions="" phone="814-459-5477" url="" hours="Tu-Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM" price="$2-4" lat="" long="">The Erie Art Musuem Museum hosts over 5,000 pieces of art on State Street, along with 18-20 traveling exhibits annually.</see>*<see name="Erie Zoo" alt="" address="423 West 38th Street" directions="" phone="814-864-4091" url="" hours="10AM-5PM" price="$78" lat="" long="">A great zoo comparable to those of larger cities. Summer educational programs for children. Fun train ride though the zoo; great for the kids or kids at heart.</see>
* <see name="Erie Maritime Museum and Brig Niagara" alt="" address="150 East Front Street" directions="" phone="814-452-2744" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A good place to get a hands-on look at an early nineteenth century sailing warship. The U.S.S. Niagara is typically in port, but does travel to historical events all across the Great Lakes region, so consider calling ahead or drive by to see if she's around.</see>
*'''The Bicentennial Tower'''. Constructed in 1995 to celebrate Erie's Bicentennial, the tower stands about 100 feet high and one can easily see out to [[Long Point]] or over Erie. Located at the foot of State Street.
* '''Asbury Woods''', [].*<see name="Firefighter's Historical Museum" alt="" address="428 Chestnut Street" directions="" phone="(814) 456-5969" url="]/" hours="June-Aug. on Sat. from 11AM to 4PM and Sun. 1PM to 4PM, Sept. and Oct. on Sat. and Sun. from 1PM to 4PM" price="Adults $4, Children (6-12) $1, Firefighters $2.50" lat="" long="">A small fire station built in 1903, it was used during the age when firefighters used horses to pull a hose on a cart. The horses were used here until 1921 and the fire station closed in 1974. Inside the museum you can see various contraptions firefighters used to put out fires before the firetruck existed. Hours of operation are limited, but you can call to schedule an appointed during other times.</see>*<see name="Watson-Curtze Mansion" alt="" address=" 356 West Sixth St" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Wed. to Sat. from 11AM to 4PM, Sun. from 1PM to 4PM" price="Adults $5, students $4, children under 12 $3" lat="" long="">A historic mansion built on "Millionaire's Row" in 1891.</see>*<see name="Tom Ridge Environmental Center" alt="" address="301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1 Erie, PA 16505-2042" directions="" phone="814-833-7424." url="" hours="The TREC center is open 10AM to 6PM, seven days a week. " price="Free" lat="" long="">The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center at heart, dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula. TREC also serves as a center for research, contributing to conservation efforts and promoting environmental awareness, helping to preserve the unparalleled beauty of Presque Isle, the site of Pennsylvania’s only seashore. While some facilities along the Great Lakes offer environmental education and others do research, none offer research, education and visitor services in one place, making TREC a unique destination for learning, wonder and fun. We’re open year-round and offer free admission to our interactive exhibits, glass-enclosed tower, and orientation movie. Learn about the history of Presque Isle and how you can contribute to keeping it pristine and beautiful.</see>*<see name="Roar On The Shore" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="814/833-3200" url="" hours="3 days in July, check webpage for exact dates" price="" lat="" long="">Since 2007 each July , more than 50,000 bikers and bike enthusiasts descend on Erie located along the shores of Lake Erie, to enjoy three days of rides, bands, bike contests, custom motorcycles, bike accessories and more.In fact, our Bringin’ in the Roar Bike Parade is an annual tradition, with 5,000 to 6,000 bikers, led by a celebrity grand marshal, rolling into town to take part in one of the largest escorted rides in history — the official kickoff of ROAR®!</see>
*''' Presque Isle State Park''', []. Situated on a peninsula starting from about four miles west of downtown and then going north and east approximately ten miles. Most of the lake side of the peninsula is made up of sandy beaches. The bay side provides launching docks for boats and spots to fish. A fourteen mile paved exercise and bike trail runs the entire length of the peninsula offering views of the lake beaches and wildlife refuges. Bicycles and boats are available for rental in and around the park. There is also a nature cruise starting near the Perry monument, on the southeastern side of the park. With free entry, copious parking, and miles of beaches, it's not hard to see why this park is the most visited state park in Pennsylvania, averaging over a million guests a year.
*'''All Season's Marketplace''' 2080 Interchange Road Millcreek Mall Pavillion ...Open Year Round. A unique shopping experience with a variety of specialty shoppes,,, open Thursday and Sunday from 10:00AM 10AM to 6:00PM 6PM and Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM 10AM to 8:00PM 8PM Food Fun and Shopping. This place is constantly changing and growing! Come visit us to see! []
*''' Waldameer Park & Water World''', 814-838-3591, []. Right before the entrance to Presque Isle and in the summer is a popular place to beat the summer heat.
*''' Splash Lagoon''', 8091 Peach Street, 1-866-3-SPLASH, [] is another great place to take the kids. Located immediately off of I-90 on Peach Street, this indoor waterpark operates year round.
*'''Erie Wine Country''' There are a number of wineries north and east of the city, including Mazza, Penn Shore, and Presque Isle Vineyards.
*<do name="Erie Playhouse" alt="" address="10 W 10th St" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Erie's oldest theater group, producing around 12 shows per year. Musicals, comedies, dramas, concerts, and youth theater are common events. Shows run Thursdays through Sundays as a general rule</do>
*<do name="Erie Philharmonic" alt="" address="811 State Street" directions="" phone="814-455-1375" url="" hours="" price="$16-48" lat="" long="">The Erie Philharmonic is an orchestra that plays a variety of concerts at the Warner Theatre on State Street, which is on the National Register of Historical Places for its Art Deco style. Tickets can be ordered online, and they go well in advance.</do>*<do name="Presque Isle Downs & Casino" alt="" address="8199 Perry Highway Erie, PA 16509" directions="From Buffalo, NY I-90 West to Exit 27 • Make a left off the exit • Entrance to Presque Isle Downs is on the left. From Cleveland, OH I-90 East to Exit 27 • Make a right off the exit • Entrance to Presque Isle Downs is on the left. From Pittsburgh, PA I-79 North to I-90 East • Exit 27 Make a right off the exit • Entrance to Presque Isle Downs is on the left. From Youngstown, OH Route 11 North to I-90 East. Take exit 27 • Make a right off the exit • Entrance to Presque Isle Downs is on the left." phone="1-866-ERIE-FUN" url="" hours="Casino opened 24/7. Live horse Racing Seasonal." price="Free Admission." lat="" long=""></do> ===Sports Team===Erie is a city of minor league athletics with four minor league teams. *<do name="Jerry Uht Park" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="814-456-1800" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Home of the '''Erie SeaWolves''', Erie's minor league baseball team. </do> * <do name="Erie Insurance Arena" alt="" address="809 French Street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The arena is home to Erie's other three minor league teams, the '''Otters''' (hockey) and the '''Bayhawks''' [] (basketball) and '''ErieStorm''' [] (football).</do>
Erie has a few local foods unique to the area that you might want to try:
'''Greek Sauce'''- It's kind of like hot dog chili, but with different spices, and usually put on hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as other things. The local chain '''New York Lunch''' claims to have the 'original' Greek Sauce, and many would agree that theirs is the best.
'''Ox Roast'''- Thin sliced beef cooked in a beef broth, usually eaten as an Ox Roast Sandwich.
'''Pepperoni Balls and Pepperoni Bread'''- Italian Bread with pepperoni baked inside.
'''Smith's Hot Dogs'''- A hot dog brand local to the area that is very tasty. They are so well liked that there are stories of people from Erie who moved to other parts of the country having Smith's Hot Dogs overnighted to their new home. Good for camping and grilling out.
There are plenty of chain restaurants in Erie as well as ethnic and local places to eat. Peach Street has a large concentration of restaurants as does downtown Erie.
* '''Gino's Bistro & Jazz''' 814-454-4466
* '''All Aboard Diner''' 814-774-9303
* '''Ayoyama Aoyama Japanese Steak House & Lounge''' 814-868-7999* '''Applebee's''' ** '''Arby's Restaurant''' *
* '''Arnone's Italian Restaurant''' 814-459-9333
* '''Barbato's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria''' *
* '''Bertrand's French Bistro''' 814-871-6477
* '''Boston's Pizza & Sports Bar''' 814-217-1140
* '''Burger King''' *
* '''Calamari's Squid Row''' 814-459-4276
* '''China Garden Restaurant''' 814-868-2695
* '''Cracker Barrel''' *
* '''Crowley's Restaurant Lounge''' 814-774-8450
* '''Dairy Queen''' *
* '''Dominoe's Pizza''' *
* '''Dutch Treat Restaurant''' 814-654-7228
* '''Eat 'n Park Restaurant''' 814-838-9125
* '''Hibachi Japanese Steak House''' 814-838-2495
* '''Hoss's Steak & Sea House''' 814-838-6718
* '''KFC''' *
* '''Latino's Restaurant Bar''' 814-452-1966
* '''Longhorn Steak House''' 814-866-7003
* '''Mi Scuzi Restaurante Italiano''' 814-454-4533
* '''New China Restaurant''' 814-838-2388
* <eat name="O'Charley's" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
* '''Olive Garden Italian Restaurant''' 814-866-1105
* '''Outback Steakhouse''' 814-864-8513
* '''Papa John's Pizza''' *
* '''Perkin's Family Restaurant''' *
* '''Pizza Hut''' *
* '''Plymouth Tavern''' 814-453-6454
* '''Quizno's Sub''' *
* '''Safari Grille''' 814-868-9200
* '''Sara's''' 814-833-1957
 * '''<eat name="Smokey Bone's Barbeque & Grill''' " alt="" address="2074 Interchange Rd" directions="" phone="814-868-3388" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A great place for anyone who likes barbequed food.</eat>* '''Subway''' ** '''Taco Bell''' *
* '''TGI Fridays''' 814-868-9655
* '''Valerio's Italian Restaurant''' 814-833-2959
* '''Wendy's''' *
* '''Wild Card's Sports Grill & Bar''' 814-866-1234
* *More than one location
*<eat name="Raj Mahal" alt="" address="2740 West 12th Street" directions="" phone="(814) 838-1055‎" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">(Burned Down 8/25/12 RIP)Lunch Buffet and Dinner. The only Indian Restaurant in Erie. Extremely great North Indian cuisine and a good change.</eat>
*<eat name="Khao Thai" alt="" address="36 North Park Row" directions="" phone="(814) 454-4069‎" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of Erie's hidden gems. Located across the street from Perry Square, Khao Thai offers a taste of Thailand that is almost identical to that you would see in Bangkok.</eat>
*<eat name="Jrs on the bay" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="814-452-6699" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*The Trance
*On the Rocks
*<drink name="Sloppy Duck saloon" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(814) 452-6699" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
* '''Sara's Campground''', 50 Peninsula Dr., (814)833-4560, []. Great campsite located on the water and adjacent to Presque Isle State Park. Pitch your tent right on the beach or in a designated site in the woods. There's also RV parking.
*<sleep name="SpringHill Suites" alt="" address="2087 Interchange Road" directions="" phone="814-864-5000 " url="" checkin="3PM" checkout="12PM" price="$128" lat="" long="">Accommodations include complimentary Internet, flat screen TV, and pantry area. Guests will also have access to complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary parking, indoor pool and fitness center.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
As in the rest of North America, the emergency number for fire, police, and ambulatory services is 911. The city of Erie is served by the Erie City Police Department, while Millcreek is served by the Millcreek Township Police Department. All ambulatory services are served by EmergyCare.
Erie, for the most part, is safe, and an average tourist will have no problems with violent crime, especially in Millcreek, where the mall and other shopping areas are. The East Side, especially near lower Parade Street, can be more urban and rough, but the people are mainly working class immigrants for the most part, and will not cause a problem. Near the General Electric plant near Harborcreek, however, the depressed, formerly industrial neighbourhoods can breed much in the way of criminal activity; it's recommended that a tourist avoid these areas, although these areas do not offer much in the way of what a visitor would wish to see to begin with.
Perry Square in Erie's urban core has multiple bars that are frequented on weekends by both rowdy college kids from Gannon and middle-aged professionals; one must be extremely careful when driving downtown overnight, especially after final call at 1:30 AM.
Other than these notes, one should just use common sense; avoid flashing expensive articles while in thickly populated areas such as downtown Erie.
==Get out==
* [[Chautauqua]]*[[Buffalo (New York)|Buffalo]] is an hour and a half east on I-90. *[[Cleveland]] is an hour and a half west on I-90.*[[Chautauqua]]*[[Finger Lakes]]
* [[Conneaut Lake]]
* [[Meadville]]
* [[Franklin (Venango County)|Franklin]]
* [[Titusville (Pennsylvania)|Titusville]]
* [[Finger Lakes]]
*Holiday Valley
*Peek'n Peak []
* '''Lake Erie Tour Route and Lighthouses'''. Go back to the mainland and see the shoreline. The drive (or boat ride) around Lake Erie takes you through the Working Waterfronts around [[Buffalo_(New York)|Buffalo]] NY, [[Cleveland]] OH, [[Detroit]] MI, [[Erie]] PA, [[Toledo (Ohio)|Toledo]], OH, and southern [[Ontario]] and is intermingled with beautiful preservations of flora and fauna as well as the history of North America's first westward expansion, the ''Old Northwest Territory''.
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