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Experience the 2024 Solar Eclipse from the Stunning PA Great Lakes Region

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse, known as the “Great North American Eclipse,” will carve a narrow path of totality from southwest to northeast across 13 U.S. states. To experience the total phase of the eclipse, you must be located within this narrow path of totality, with the duration of totality lasting the longest at the centerline. But where along the path should you plan to go? 

Don’t settle for an ordinary viewing experience of the 2024 solar eclipse – opt for the extraordinary in the breathtaking PA Great Lakes Region. This region offers prime viewing spots for the total solar eclipse of 2024, making it an ideal location to witness the spellbinding cosmic spectacle.

The eclipse takes a relatively short jaunt through Pennsylvania, crossing over the northwestern corner of the state. As the moon passes directly in front of the sun, the PA Great Lakes Region becomes immersed in darkness, transforming the natural beauty of the landscapes into a surreal and captivating sight. With several lakes in the region, visitors can watch the reflection of the eclipsed sun shimmering on the glistening water.

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Why Choose the PA Great Lakes Region for the 2024 Solar Eclipse?

  • Optimal Viewing Conditions: The PA Great Lakes Region boasts some of the best weather conditions for viewing the 2024 solar eclipse in Pennsylvania. With minimal cloud cover and low humidity levels, you’ll have an unobstructed and uninterrupted view of the celestial event.
  • Abundance of Outdoor Activities: The region is home to several state parks, making it perfect for outdoor adventure lovers. With miles of hiking trails, wildlife, and serene waterways, it offers ample opportunities to create unforgettable memories while experiencing the 2024 solar eclipse.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: The PA Great Lakes Region has a variety of comfortable accommodations to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly options to luxurious resorts. Book your stay in advance to guarantee your spot in this highly anticipated event.
  • Tax-Free Shopping: With no sales tax on clothing or shoes, the region offers an excellent opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy after the eclipse. The Grove City Premium Outlets are a popular shopping destination, and they are just a short drive from the prime viewing locations.

Plan Your Trip to the PA Great Lakes Region

Be sure to plan ahead for the 2024 solar eclipse in the PA Great Lakes Region to avoid any last-minute setbacks. Here are some tips to make the most of your experience:

  • Find the Best Viewing Spots: Explore the interactive map on to identify the best locations within the PA Great Lakes Region for witnessing the solar eclipse.
  • Protect Your Eyesight: Remember to use certified eclipse glasses or appropriate filters to observe the eclipse safely. The sudden darkness resulting from the eclipse can also create confusion and disorientation, so be sure to take precautions to avoid any accidents.
  • Make the Most of Your Time: The PA Great Lakes Region is full of adventure and fun activities, so don’t just stop at witnessing the eclipse. Research some of the best attractions and events in the region and plan for a memorable trip.

Witness a Phenomenal Cosmic Event in the PA Great Lakes Region

Mark your calendars, reserve your accommodations, and join us for the 2024 solar eclipse in the stunning PA Great Lakes Region. With prime viewing spots, a range of outdoor activities, comfortable accommodations, and tax-free shopping, it is the perfect destination to create lasting memories while experiencing a cosmic event of a lifetime.

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Our Mission

The Pennsylvania Great Lakes Region is a cooperative effort between Erie, Crawford, Venango and Mercer counties to market the area for tourism and promote its economic growth.

Our Mission

Great Lakes Region

The Pennsylvania Great Lakes Region is a cooperative effort between Erie, Crawford, Venango and Mercer counties to market the area for tourism and promote its economic growth.

  • Promote and encourage tourism travel and convention activities.
  • Attract activities, lodging accommodations, restaurants, state parks, museums and places of historical interest to further draw visitors to Northwest Pennsylvania.
  • Create and assist in producing and disseminating promotional literature and information designed to inspire visits to our Region.
  • Increase the scope and intensity of tourist development and promotion in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Connect interested parties with the individual destination marketing organizations in Erie, Crawford, Venango and Mercer counties.
Four Counties

About a million things to do

Crawford County
Crawford County is a place to escape from Big Cities, traffic and long lines. Abundant outdoor activities, eight lakes, Pymatuning State Park, amusement park and tons of events and attraction to please all ages.
Erie County

Make your Lake Escape to Erie County, PA – a four season destination with attractions and amenities for everyone nestled on the shores of its namesake Lake Erie. Erie is known for the seven miles of sandy beaches at Presque Isle State Park, amusement and water parks, national and local shops, expansive wine country, diverse restaurant options and so much more.

Mercer County

Enjoy tax-free shopping at Grove City Premium Outlets, The Winner, Wendell August Forge or experience exciting family adventure at Keystone Safari and Kraynak’s “Santa’s Christmasland” and “Easter Bunnylane”.

Venango County
As the “birthplace of the oil industry” and “the Valley that Changed the World”, the Oil Region National Heritage Area, which includes all of Venango County, is rich in history, outdoor recreation opportunities, and small town charm.
Life is Great

An affordable, accessible and fun family getaway.

Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region is the perfect vacation destination filled with endless opportunities including amusement parks, casino, museums, shops, scenic byways and trails, vibrant nightlife and culture.

Escape to our great outdoors for adventures including boating, fishing, beaching, swimming, hunting, hiking, birding and camping amidst our natural beauty. Don't forget - some of the country's best shopping can be found here, with no sales tax on clothing or shoes.



Want to Know More

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Crawford County
Erie County
Mercer County
Venango County