A crowd cheering for a band perfoming during Downtown Alive Series of outdoor concerts in Pennsylvania's Americana Region

The Pagoda atop Mount Penn lets you know that you're in Reading, and that's just the start of an interesting and emerging place to visit.  Historic districts throughout the city mark its past but the hotels, entertainment venues, arts centers and frequent outdoor events downtown herald its present and future.  Reading offers variety in its restaurants with brew pubs, American favorites, ethnic restaurants from around the world and a taste of yesterday at the Peanut Bar, where the peanuts are on the house -- and the shells are on the floor