Reading (/ˈrɛdɪŋ/ RED-ing) (Pennsylvania German: Reddin), is the county seat of Berks County and with a population of 87,879 is the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, it is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area. The city, approximately halfway between Philadelphia and the state capital at Harrisburg, is strategically situated along a major transportation route from Central to Eastern Pennsylvania, and lent its name to the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which transported anthracite coal from the Pennsylvania Coal Region to the eastern United States via the Port of Philadelphia. Reading Railroad is one of the four railroad properties in the classic United States version of the Monopoly board game. Reading was one of the first localities where outlet shopping became a tourist industry. It has been known as "The Pretzel City", because of numerous local pretzel bakeries. Currently, Bachman, Dieffenbach, Tom Sturgis, and Unique Pretzel bakeries call the Reading area home. According to the 2010 census, Reading has the highest share of citizens living in poverty in the nation. In recent years, the Reading area has become a destination for cyclists. With more than 125 miles of trails in five major preserves, it is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center and it annually hosts the Reading 120 international road cycling race.Wikipedia
Reading was a former transportation junction in the state of Pennsylvania. This railroad was very popular since it transported coal to the eastern coast of the country. Reading has now been transformed into a major tourism destination in the state. It is also a cultural hub and is located quite close to the cities of New York and Washington DC. Reading has a knack of connecting with the youth. It previously had a factory for manufacturing goggles that has been recreated as an art exhibition by the name of The Goggle Works Center. Mount Penn, an elevation just outside of the city is home of the Japanese pagoda. The Golden Age Air Museum has a collection of antique aeroplanes, most of which can still be flown. The shopping outlets in town have been named as the Reading Comedy Outlets. You will find plenty of things to choose from when here. Equally famous are the pretzels in Reading. Take a holiday in Reading for a quirky vacation that you will not forget.
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