pagoda-views-reading-paWHY GO: If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you’ll recognize Reading PA as one of the board game’s four Railroads, or, if you follow such things, the birthplace of pop icon, Taylor Swift. But this former iron and industrial city was also familiar to bargain shoppers as an Outlet Center long before outlets were “premium.” The outlets (and most industries) may have left the area, but this original PA Dutch settlement encompassing Reading and the surrounding Berks County towns of Kutztown, Boyertown (with its own page HERE) and others, are back in vogue in some significant ways. Berks County’s safe, clean, well marked mountain biking trails have earned International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Ride Center status. And Reading Liederkranz in Reading hosts the Top 10 Okoberfest in the nation according to USA Today.

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