The Ultimate Family Road Trip from New York to Lake Erie

If you’re looking for a summer road trip destination, look no further than New York to Lake Erie. This beautiful drive will take you through some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. You’ll get to see the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, the Amish Countryside, and the shores of Lake Erie. Here is your ultimate guide to taking this fantastic road trip!

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The Best Places to Stop from New York to Lake Erie

Hersey, PennsylvaniaHershey Park milkshakes

The first stop on your New York to Lake Erie road trip should be Hershey, Pennsylvania. Hershey is home to Hershey Park, where you can learn all about the history of chocolate and see how it’s made. Live out your Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fantasies and take a thrilling tour that the whole family will find enjoyable. Depending on when you travel, the park features seasonal events like their 7 Weekends of Halloween and Christmas Candylane.

Amish Country of Pennsylvania

After Hershey’s, make your way to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster is home to the Amish community, who are known for their simple lifestyle and traditional values. You can learn all about the Amish culture by taking a tour of an Amish farm or visiting one of the many museums in the area. Lancaster is a great spot to visit for its historical preservation of the Amish culture and the array of free things to do and visit.

Delgrosso’s Amusement Park

Delgrossos water park in Tipton PA

Your next stop should be Tipton, Pennsylvania. Tipton is home to Delgrosso’s Amusement Park & Laguna Splash, which is the perfect stop for a family looking to escape the heat. The Italian-themed water park is filled with great attractions such as the River Lazio (lazy river), Wave Oceano (wave pool), Bambini Cove, Laguna Slides, and Waterworks. Take note that the park is open on the weekends only when school is in session, as many of their lifeguard staff are high school and college students.

Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest

Found in Northern Pittsburgh, PA, is Jellystone Park™ at Kozy Rest! This themed campground is a five-time winner of park of the year for its friendly staff, an enormous amount of things to do, and flexible ways to stay while you are here! If you are driving an RV or hauling a camper, you can camp here for a few days before you make it to Lake Erie, or stay in a glamping tent for a new, fancy camping experience.

Lake Erie, Pennsylvania

After visiting Kozy Rest, your final stop on your New York to Lake Erie road trip should be Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie is home to the beautiful Lake Erie shoreline, where you can enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating. As with any Great Lake, it is both unique and awe-inspiring to see the fourth largest lake in North America and is home to a unique ecological culture.