Our skyline has grown up quite a bit since One Liberty Place became the first building to eclipse the top of City Hall in 1987. Here's where to go to see Philly's best angles.
Getting to the top of Liberty Place costs $14.50 for adults and $9.50 for children, but the panoramic views of the city from 57 floors up are hard to beat.
Tours run Monday through Friday every 15 minutes until 4:15 p.m and on some Saturdays. Get ready to know your neighbors on the small elevator ride up and then see Philadelphia from one of its longest-standing perches for $8 a ticket.
Bring a picnic, grab a kite or a soccer ball, and head about four miles west of Center City, where the park offers stunning glimpses of the skyline.
It's featured in Will Smith's music video "Summertime," and as Hidden City author Bradley Maule wrote, the plateau is Philly's Philly skyline:
The skyline from the South Street Bridge — that's our postcard view. The skyline from the steps of the Art Museum? That's the one our tourists Instagram, arms raised high like whatshisface. From the Sports Complex? That's the Philly skyline the rest of the country sees when the camera pans back slowly while the Chevy and Budweiser ads rotate as "NBC Sunday Night Football" comes back from commercial break. But the Plateau? That's Philly's Philly skyline. From a high hill four miles northwest of Center City.
From the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (run, don't walk), look out at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to City Hall for one of Philadelphia's most iconic sight lines.
The best view around from the top of a parking garage.
Great for runners or walkers looking for a three-mile jaunt over and back.
Once owned by Robert Morris, a merchant and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Lemon Hill house was the first property acquired by the city for the creation of Fairmount Park.
One of the best-known (and impressive) views of the skyline.
The roof of the former Edward W. Bok Technical High School at 800 Mifflin St. has become a popular summer spot to sip cocktails as the sun sets on the city's skyline. The bar is closed for the winter, but other rooftop bars open year-round include: R2L, atop Two Liberty Place, Assembly at the top of the Logan Hotel, and XIX at the top of the Bellevue. The Four Seasons at the Comcast Technology Center will open in mid-2019.