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Old 01-08-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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I will be in Philly for a real quick trip. I am looking for advice on where to go for nice skyline views of downtown for some photos. I am assuming I need to go somewhere near the river? I'd also like to get some nice views of the Ben Franklin bridge. Any tips for some quick photos?
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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From the top of the Art Museum steps or the Spring Garden Bridge. You could also walk back into Fairmount Park a bit and try from the tops of the hills/cliffs along the river up towards the Girard Bridge. I can't give you specific directions for back there though, you'll just have to explore or consult a map (or somebody more knowledgeable than I).

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge you could probably get a good angle from down around Penn's Landing or along Columbus Blvd. somewhere... or Camden... if you want to go to Camden...
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:33 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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The very best shots are NOT from the Ben Franklin bridge or from the Delaware River, if it's the skyline you want.

The best views are from the Schuykill River.

Two awesome skylines views can be had from the South Street Bridge near the University of Pennsylvania. My favorite view is from the new little park known as "Drexel Green" next to Drexel University at 32nd Street and Baring Street. From there you can almost reach out and touch the skyline and every skyscraper is unobstructed - the Liberty Place I and II, the Mellon, the Comcast Center, the Cira, etc.

The Philly skyline from the Schuykill River:

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Old 01-08-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Default Belmont Plateau

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I will be in Philly for a real quick trip. I am looking for advice on where to go for nice skyline views of downtown for some photos. I am assuming I need to go somewhere near the river? I'd also like to get some nice views of the Ben Franklin bridge. Any tips for some quick photos?
If you'll be renting a car, it'd be worth your while to go to Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park: Google Image Result for http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2589/4125559043_19b1f7dc6f_b.jpg It's about a 10-15 minute drive from Center City (from, say, around City Hall). The only drawback is that the Ben Franklin Bridge is not visible.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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That's right! Belmont Plateau, I couldn't remember the name of it.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:46 PM
 
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I love the view from the spring garden street bridge
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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The very best shots are NOT from the Ben Franklin bridge or from the Delaware River, if it's the skyline you want.

The best views are from the Schuykill River.

Two awesome skylines views can be had from the South Street Bridge near the University of Pennsylvania. My favorite view is from the new little park known as "Drexel Green" next to Drexel University at 32nd Street and Baring Street. From there you can almost reach out and touch the skyline and every skyscraper is unobstructed - the Liberty Place I and II, the Mellon, the Comcast Center, the Cira, etc.

The Philly skyline from the Schuykill River:
wow I used to live right there! I used to tell people it was the beat view of the sky line. Of couse when I lived there the place looked like **** and that park was a fenced in parking lot.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Wow you do get around. Are you touring every city in the country?
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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wow I used to live right there! I used to tell people it was the beat view of the sky line. Of couse when I lived there the place looked like **** and that park was a fenced in parking lot.
yeah - they've done a lot to that area ...... even the "rape garden" is passable now and is not just something to joke about when discussing the PVCAs civic pride and contribution to the neighborhood.....

I lived in the apartments near the art museum for a while and would make that walk across the spring garden street bridge frequently and the view was great

Also agree about the south street bridge - different angle, but nice shot .... would never really walk across the bridges by Penn, but would drive over them semi-frequently

Also, one of the best views you can get in the city is during a summer rain storm .... stand on the art museum steps, look down the parkway with all the flags, the fountains, etc .... look up to city hall and see Ben Franklin peeing on the building (yeah, I know what's really in his hand, but from that very prominent angle with a little bit of cloud cover and a lot of rain it sure does look like something else altogether)
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