With a View: The Top 5 Views of Philadelphia

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Thanks to a longstanding gentleman’s agreement, followed by that silly William Penn curse we eradicated a few years back (ahem, Go Phillies, ahem), the Philly skyline is nice and trim. You can actually see each of the beautiful scrapers — from the classic twin peaks of the Liberty buildings to the iridescent top of the Comcast Center — and the older brick facades below. Take it all in from one of these top vantage points. We can’t guarantee you lover’s lane, but we can promise a lovely view.

Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC

1 Belmont Mansion

West Fairmount Park has plenty of picturesque vistas, but none is more popular than the skyline from the grassy fields by the historical Belmont Mansion, also known as Belmont Plateau. A sweep of trees give way to the tippy tops of the city's tallest buildings at this popular picnic and sports spot.

2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

2 Philadelphia Museum of Art

Do you think Rocky ran up all those steps just to get a work-out? The view from the top of the art museum steps is worth the sweat and pain. A straight shot of the Parkway and City Hall in the distance pairs perfect symmetry with old school architecture for a shot that gets all the tourists pumping.

26th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130

3 South Street Bridge

OK, so you cannot actually enjoy the view at the moment, seeing as how the bridge is closed. But the grand opening is November 6, and while drivers and pedestrians alike are thrilled to have an easier commute, they'll also no doubt enjoy the river and skyline view the span offers.

South Street, just west of 27th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146

4 Fairmount Water Works

Jutting into the Schuylkill River, this stunning 19th century site is a view in its own right. But turn left, and you'll get a killer view of the Art Museum rising above you. Turn right, and get a shot of the river and charming Boathouse Row beyond. Win, win.

640 Waterworks Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5 Campbell's Field

Enjoy a Minor League game at the home of the Camden Riversharks and you'll get to see more than baseball. From the seats of this stadium, take in a perfectly framed view of Philadelphia from across the river, including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Pick a night game with fireworks and watch the city lights compete with the bursts overhead.

401 North Delaware Ave.
Camden, NJ 08102

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