There is a reason we call this area the Great Lakes Region. For starters, the cool, calming lakes have shaped not only the climate but also the small towns and agriculture. From shipping ports to vineyards to hiking and biking trails this region in the western tip of Pennsylvania has a lot going on. For instance, a day of fishing and hiking in the Erie National Wildlife Refuge is a novel way to start your trip. Or take a stroll along the sandy beaches and snap a couple pictures of the lighthouses at Presque Isle State Park. There's also the picturesque small towns of Mercer and Franklin with their inviting, tree-lined streets, Victorian houses and stately courthouses. The Meadville Market House is where you'll find farm-fresh veggies and fruits grown and sold by locals. And speaking of treats, you'll want to stop at the wineries in the grape-growing region. Vineyards like Mazza Vineyards, Penn Shore Vineyards and Presque Isle Wine Cellars are overflowing with sweet Concord grapes and tasty wines. Plus they'll be more than happy to show you around and give you a taste of the wares. For a different kind of entertainment, stop by the Presque Isle Downs and Casino where horseracing and slot machines is the name of the game. Or for some all-ages fun you're welcome to stop by the Waldameer & Water World for rides and your favorite summertime treats. Speaking of fun, the Maurice K. Goddard State Park invites you to get back to nature. It has plenty of trails, wetlands, and wildlife for you to gawk at while you stroll around the wilderness. And at Pymatuning State Park you'll find ducks walking on water in the Commonwealth's largest reservoir. It's also an angler's paradise if we may say so.