Philadelphia, PA - Every year, 42 million travelers get to know Philadelphia’s layout, customs, food and dialect during their visits. First-timers may wonder: where are the Instagram-Worthy Landmarks?
- Liberty Bell: The cracked Bell served as a symbol for the abolitionist movement, and it also makes for a very American profile picture. Liberty Bell Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-2305, nps.gov/inde
- Independence Hall: #historyhappenedhere #america #wethepeople. 6th & Chestnut Streets, (215) 965-2305, nps.gov/inde
City Hall: No filter needed to make this ornate building look like a work of art. Alexander Milne Calder designed the sculptures that adorn the exterior and the bronze
- William Penn Statue at the top. Broad & Market Streets, (215) 686-2840, phila.gov/virtualch
- LOVE Sculpture: Currently undergoing restoration, Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture is due to return to a newly renovated LOVE Park (16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard) in the fall of 2017.
- AMOR Sculpture: Robert Indiana’s sibling work appeared in town in time for Pope Francis’ visit in 2015 and now resides at Sister Cities Park, across the street from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 440-5500, ccdparks.org
- Philadelphia Museum of Art: The majestic Art Museum tops the Ben Franklin Parkway. Its location and its massive Greek revival design provides a stunning sight, perfectly captured at various points along the Parkway or from The Logan’s rooftop lounge, Assembly. Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org; Assembly, 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 783-4171, assemblyrooftop.com
- Avenue of the Arts (a.k.a. Broad Street): On any Friday or Saturday, brides and grooms cross Broad Street to stand on the median for a coveted photo that stars City Hall as the backdrop. Broad Street between Chestnut & Lombard Streets and between Arch & Race Streets, avenueofthearts.org
- Benjamin Franklin Bridge: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest, Race Street Pier and Morgan’s Pier restaurant and beer garden offer fantastic views of the bridge that stretches over the Delaware River to New Jersey. Columbus Boulevard between Spruce & Callowhill Streets
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Weird and wonderful, indoor-outdoor space glistens with glass, tiles, found objects and even bike tires. 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390, phillymagicgardens.org
- Skyline: The South Street Bridge features a skyline-and-river view that also shows off the Schuylkill River Trail. South Street, west of 27th Street
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