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15 Best Spots to Instagram from in Philly (In No Particular Order)

August 20, 2012

15. The Top of the PSFS Building (just take the elevator to the top, it’s easy) 

14. Laurel Hill Cemetery

13. The Roof of the Parking Garage at 15th and Spruce Streets

12. Urban Outfitters’ Home Office at the Navy Yard

11. Top of the Divine Lorraine 

10. Sansom Street at Sunset

9. Top of Geno’s in South Philly (don’t ask)

8. The South Street Bridge

7. The Reading Viaduct

(Or, shoot around the Reading Viaduct!!)

6. 30th Street Station/Pulling into 30th Street Station

5. Schuylkill River Park/Kelly Drive

4. 12th and Vine Streets

3. Race Street Pier

2. Girard Avenue in Fishtown/Any El Station Cross Over Platform from Girard to Frankford

1. And last, but not least: The Highway (I-95?) from the Airport to Center City

Know any other good spots to shoot from in Philly? Let me know!!

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. h4zzmatt permalink
    August 20, 2012 12:54 pm

    Love how you have piles of trash you did not pick up and are promoting trespassing on your official blog

  2. h4zzmatt permalink
    August 20, 2012 1:00 pm

    Sorry, I thought this was an official website of the city. Please ignore my earlier comments.

    Great photos.

  3. August 20, 2012 1:02 pm

    Don’t forget the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway! Some incredible views up there!

  4. Erin permalink
    August 20, 2012 1:17 pm

    awww I don’t think you can get to the top of the Divine Lorraine anymore, they sealed the first and second floor windows with concrete since they had that fire

    • Ashley permalink
      August 20, 2012 11:00 pm

      That’s probably for the best…

      • June 28, 2015 12:02 pm

        is it possible to still get inside and take photos? I’m a photographer and i’ve been eyeing up that building for a few years now!!

  5. August 20, 2012 1:25 pm

    Great post, some other spots: Lemon Hill for the mansion and skyline above the trees. Penn Treaty park has great waterfront views, plus shots of the coal tower at the vacant Peco plant. The parkway for the outdoor art/sculpture. West Philly on the EL for shots of ESPO’s love letters. FDR for the skating/graf, so many interesting things to see in this city.

  6. August 20, 2012 2:45 pm

    Drexel Park / Spring Garden Street Bridge has the best view of the skyline in my opinion.

  7. August 20, 2012 3:43 pm

    Great job!

  8. August 21, 2012 12:26 pm

    Hey Streets Dept, I just replied to this via tumblr with some more cool spots in Philly. Check it out (I promise it’s all photography and not spam)

    http://zachpatten.tumblr.com/post/29902730863/more-great-spots-to-instagram-from-in-philadelphia

  9. August 21, 2012 1:29 pm

    Dig it. Parking garages are always underrated spots to get great views of the city.

  10. August 21, 2012 3:37 pm

    Conrad, you mean Broad and Vine right. not 10th & Vine.. Those shots you took are closer to Broad then 10th…. Amazing work… I always hope to run into you… after all, Philly is the great big small city.

    • August 21, 2012 4:40 pm

      You’re right! I actually meant 12th. Just changed it. Thanks!!

  11. Julie permalink
    November 19, 2012 11:23 am

    Belmont Mansion is a great spot to get shots of the whole city.

  12. March 26, 2014 9:17 pm

    I live in North Philly and I’m in live with the Divine Lorraine, how did you get to the top?!

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