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By plane

Erie is within a two hour drive of Buffalo-Niagara, Cleveland-Hopkins and Pittsburgh International Airports. Erie International Airport ( is a medium airport that is worth considering. The airport is served by four major airlines: Continental (via Cleveland), Delta/Northwest (via Detroit), and US Airways (via 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 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 AM.

By car

Erie is easily accessible via Interstate 90 and 79. The recently completed Bayfront Connector Highway links the northern terminus of I-79 through the city along the bayfront and then through the industrial East side and newer housing and office developments around Knowledge Park and Penn State University (Behrend College). The new highway (completed Summer 2005) is 3-4 lanes, but has few buildings or side streets that connect directly with the road, making traffic relatively smooth and making it much easier to get in and out of the downtown. The completed highway is a scenic detour away from the traffic and strip malls of I-90 south of Erie.

Key places to visit
Erie Art Museum, Erie Zoo, Erie Maritime Museum and Brig Niagara, The Bicentennial Tower, Watson-Curtze Mansion


Places to Visit

Erie Art Museum

Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street,  Tu-Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. The Erie Art Musuem hosts over 5,000 pieces of art on State Street, along with 18-20 traveling exhibits annually.$2-4.

Erie Zoo

Erie Zoo 423 West 38th Street,  10AM-5PM. 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.$7.

Erie Maritime Museum and Brig Niagara

Erie Maritime Museum and Brig Niagara, 150 East Front Street,  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.

The Bicentennial Tower

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.

Watson-Curtze Mansion

Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West Sixth St,  Wed. to Sat. from 11 AM to 4 PM, Sun. from 1 PM to 4 PM. A historic mansion built on "Millionaire's Row" in 1891.Adults $5, students $4, children under 12 $3.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
November - December