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Have a relaxing vacation like no other in this vivid historical micro-region. Berks County is a Pennsylvania destination overflowing with culture, outdoor activities and historical significance. It’s also surrounded by nature parks and hiking trails. Not to mention its many unique museums and microbreweries. It includes charming cities like Kutztown and Reading. Both of which are wonderful places to explore. You will find many of the rentals conveniently situated throughout the best places in the city center of Reading.Classy rentals with gardens
These incredible holiday rentals are full of an elegance that provides guests with a sense of belonging to the area. Thanks to the classic architecture and interior design, your Berks County experience will begin as soon as you see your rental. Apart from amenities like a kitchen, comfortable living room and gardens, guests can choose rentals with unique amenities such as a fireplace or jacuzzi. Whether you choose luxury accommodations, or a rustic woodland adventure, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for with these listings.
Vacations in Berks County
The area and getting around
Berks County is known for its culture and history as can be seen by the number of heritage houses and historical sites in the area. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, for instance, holds a lot of historical significance. In its heyday, its iron furnaces supplied weapons for both the Revolutionary War and Civil War. It was also a stop along the Underground Railroad and one of the few places that offered work and equal pay to women and minorities. For another unique sightseeing opportunity, tour the 5 historic covered bridges spread throughout the county.Nature and adventure all around
Berks County is blessed with many parks, wildlife sanctuaries and conservation centers. Blue Marsh Lake, for instance, is an idyllic recreational area with ducks, picnic areas and trails all around. The perfect place for a family gathering with plenty of lake activities to enjoy. Crystal Cave located near Kutztown offers adventure to anyone willing to go underground. Tours of the spectacular cave are offered seasonally and provide insights into the cave’s crystalline formations and history.
Travelers and activities
Berks County is a gem for history buffs visiting Pennsylvania. One of the places that should be on your itinerary is the Golden Age Air Museum. What makes this aviation museum unique is its emphasis on antique WWI and interwar period aircraft. Visitors can also take a flight in a bi-wing plane to add to their enjoyment. On the campus of Kutztown University, travelers can learn all about the area’s fascinating German heritage from the folk-style museum of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. The Reading Public Museum founded in 1907 also includes many anthropological and scientific displays from Egyptian Pyramids to a planetarium.Berks County for Nature lovers
Nolde Forest is a favorite among locals. This 600-acre state park features 10 miles of relaxing hiking trails through some of the most stunning woodlands in the area. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a great place to see birds of prey, especially during the fall. This nature also features miles of gorgeous hiking trails for travelers that enjoy a meditative walk with lots of scenery. Neversink Mountain is another great spot for hikers. This 900-acre reserve is full of hiking trails ranging in difficulty. Some highlights include the Witches Hat and the City Overlook.
The famous Reading Railway, a.k.a. Reading Company, was also a real railroad featured in Monopoly.
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At the top of Mount Penn, travelers can visit one of the most unusual attractions in the area and see incredible views of downtown Reading. One of the best times to make a detour over is during sunset. However, this charming 20th century Japanese pagoda is lovely at any time of day and houses a museum inside.2. Be inspired at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum
Stop by this vintage museum for fun facts about the area’s history and the famous Reading Railroad that made its considerable fortune from owning both coal mines and railway lines. You will see the historic railroad as well as the original railcars and engines and impressive memorabilia.3. Grow a soft spot for old cars at Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
With 100 years of history under its belt, the Boyertown Museum of automobiles is a great activity to put on your sightseeing list. Most of the antique automobiles featured in the museum have some connection to the region and several were built on site.4. Fall in love with craft beer at the Chatty Monks Brewing
Not far from downtown Reading is a brewery with a reputation for having some of the finest brew in Pennsylvania! They also provide a restaurant with a great atmosphere to further enhance your craft beer experience.5. Admire the aircraft at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
Check out the impressive collection of vintage WWII airplanes. Not only is this a great place for photo-ops, you will also get a chance to witness over 100 years of aviation history through informative displays and, for the brave ones, a scenic flight over Berks County in an authentic historic airplane.