It’s a underlying theme in my writing that I don’t give western Pennsylvania that much love, mostly because it’s an area I’m unfamiliar with. To help try and rectify this, this week’s “Weekend Trip Idea” is Erie, PA.
I feel like I literally never hear anything about it, but Erie is the 4th largest city in PA (behind Philly, Pitt, Allentown) with a population of 102,000 people. It sits on the shore of Lake Erie.
I’m a sucker for anything maritimesque, give me old ships, marinas, lighthouses, sailboats and a pair of Topsiders and I’m all set. The problem is that due to Shark Week and my brother’s irrational fear of sharks, I don’t love being out at sea. Erie is the perfect solution. It has old ships, marinas, lighthouses and sailboats (and I own a pair of Topsiders) but is located on a lake!
Dobbins Landing is a waterfront tourist area that includes a wharf, the Erie Bicentennial Tower, several hotels and a convention center as well as where you can catch a water taxi. The Flagship Niagara, a replica of a old tall masted sailing ship form the War of 1812 and the Erie Maritime Museum gives you insight into the town and the lake’s maritime history and traditions.
The port of Erie is actually shielded from Lake Erie by Presque Isle State Park, the most visited state park in PA.