Founded back in the mid-18th century, Reading found success as a boomtown thanks to the importance of its iron and steel industries. In fact, by the late 1870s, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was the largest corporation in the world as it capitalized on the transportation of these industries. Today, Reading is much more than an industrial hub, and it stands as an active and lively community with tons going on. Visit for the art and jazz festivals, outdoor activities, shopping, historical tours, and Imax movies. Its location isn’t bad either -- Reading is located one hour north of Philadelphia, two and a half hours southwest of New York City, three hours north of Washington D.C., and just 40 minutes away from Amish country.
If the season is right, getting outdoors in Reading is one of the best things to do. Grab your picnic supplies and head to Antietam Lake, just a few miles outside of town. The serene lake also is near a 60-foot waterfall, an old Victorian brick valve house, and tons of space for fishing and hiking. Outdoor enthusiasts should also head to the Nolde Forest Environmental center where you’ll find 665 acres of dense woodlands perfect for bird watching or trail running. And lastly, if the weather isn’t permitting, head to Reading Rocks, a large indoor rock climbing gym.
As far as museums go, Reading has a few. Head to the Daniel Boone Homestead where you can learn about the life of the legendary frontiersman. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is great for aviation enthusiasts, and the Reading Co. Technical and Historical Society is a great place to learn about the city’s heritage as a railroad powerhouse.
Back in town, head over to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the Genesius Theater, and the Reading Comedy Outlet for a night out on the town.
In reading, the Summers can get particularly warm and humid, and winters can be cold. For these reasons, we recommend visiting during the shoulder months of spring or fall. The fall colors are especially impressive in Reading.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Reading has a good handful of dining options for all kinds of travelers. Judy’s on Cherry offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Stokesay Castle offers American fare in a renovated castle, and Café Sweet Street is a hip, urban brunch spot that offers excellent homemade breakfast food.
At AllTheRooms.com we have vacation rentals from all of the best providers - Airbnb, priceline, Agoda and more. Reading has 228 hotels, vacation rentals and other special places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, extravagant travelers and everything in between. For those trying to save money, the lowest priced place to stay in Reading is just $25 per night. The average price of a vacation rental is $75 per night.
If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 41 accommodations in Reading that have WiFi. We have 17 accommodations that come with breakfast included. Choose from 12 accommodations that provide gym options, so you don't miss a single workout. If you're planning on arriving in Reading by car, be sure to choose from 36 accommodations that provide parking. We have 5 accommodations that have a pool or jacuzzi.
Those traveling with a cat, dog or some other animal can stay in any of 10 accommodations that are designated as pet-friendly.
In Reading AllTheRooms currently aggregates hotels, vacation rentals, hostels from more than 3 providers, including 34 places to stay from Airbnb, 6 accommodations from priceline and 6 places to stay from Agoda.
113 accommodations in Reading have been reviewed; 48% are rated highly. 27 accommodations allow instant booking.