Discover the breathtaking natural beauty, rich Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, and one-of-a-kind attractions and festivals in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, home to the City of Reading and Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. Make the most of your trip with these incredible experiences.
1. Ride along scenic mountain biking trails.
Offering more than 125 miles of gorgeous biking and hiking trails (that link to urban spots for lunch and post-ride beers), the Greater Reading Trails System is the only Bronze Level International Mountain Biking Association Ride Center in the northeastern United States.
2. Go birdwatching and watch majestic birds of prey soar through the skies.
At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, the world’s first sanctuary for birds of prey, raise your binoculars in search of hawks, eagles, falcons, and osprey from one of the panoramic overlooks. Hawk Mountain is one of the best places in North America to view the annual fall raptor migration from August through December.
3. Revel in classic Americana culture during World War II Weekend.
Each June, Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is home to WWII Weekend. Watch vintage warbirds circle the sky as costumed re-enactors skirmish in the French Village below. Visit the American home front, dance to swing music, and talk with visiting veterans. Experience living history at its best.
4. Explore the region’s rich Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage
Learn the history and traditions of Berks County’s unique Pennsylvania Dutch community at the Kutztown Folk Festival. The annual festival celebrates the folklife and culture of the PA Dutch. The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center also holds events to educate visitors about this vibrant culture.
5. Peruse artwork by local artists and artisans.
Take in art exhibits and demonstrations at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts—a former factory turned arts center—or stroll through galleries lining quaint Main Streets. Look for public art that adorns the streets and buildings of local communities, and attend outstanding exhibits at Reading Public Museum.
6. Move to the beat at music events.
Experience the thriving music scene at annual events like Berks Jazz Fest and Reading Blues Fest. There’s music for every liking—eclectic to big band—at free concerts and events at local parks, urban settings, and area festivals throughout the year.
7. Sip a craft beer at one of the local breweries.
Gather your friends and head over to Chatty Monks Brewing Company for a round of Belgian-style beers, Saucony Creek Craft Brewery & Gastropub for one-of-a-kind brews, or Stoudts Brewing Company for handcrafted lagers and ales.
8. Drive idyllic rural roads to see colorful hex barn art and historic covered bridges
Amid the pastoral landscapes of Pennsylvania’s countryside, discover colorful hex signs—a unique art form of the PA Dutch—adorning old barns. Along these roads, you’ll also find the region’s remaining covered bridges. Take a self-guided barn art or covered bridge driving tour to experience these American treasures.
9. Marvel at the unique architecture of The Pagoda.
Perched atop Mount Penn, this Japanese-inspired Pagoda dates back to 1908 and is Reading’s most prominent landmark. Go inside to learn its history, and climb to the top of the seven-story icon for far-reaching views of Pennsylvania’s Americana Region.
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