Peak fall foliage will roll into Philadelphia in the fourth week of October, and we’ve got a list of our favorite places to snap a pic of the autumnal leaves. It’s hard to go wrong in a city with so many parks and tree-lined streets, but there are a few particularly spectacular spots to view fall foliage. Here’s our list of place to take an autumn instagram in Philly.
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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is Philly’s very own Champs-Elysées, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art sitting majestically at one end. The parkway is lined with trees, creating a beautiful stretch of colors. Take a stroll and check out the many nearby museums on your way.
Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park
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Will Smith said in his 1991 hit Summertime that “a place called the plateau is where everybody goes.” In the crisper fall months, his advice is especially good. Views of the changing leaves and the city skyline come together atop Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park. The large grassy knoll is arguably one of the best views of Philly’s skyline, and a vast system of trails in West Fairmount Park are great for an autumn exploration.
Wissahickon Valley Park & Fairmount Park
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The Wissahickon Valley Park section of Fairmount Park houses Forbidden Drive, which runs parallel to the Wissahickon Creek. The path is open to walkers, runners, and bikers, and is just one part of the sprawling 9,200 acres that make up Fairmount Park. Head to this spot if you’re looking for some natural surroundings without leaving the city.
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In particular, wander the University of Pennsylvania’s campus for a particularly pretty sight. Canopies of trees and wide lawns and meadows create a beautiful outdoor colorscape, especially along Locust Walk (the main route through campus). The collegiate Gothic architecture provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning picture.
This 26.5-mile path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville is the perfect place for a fall walk. Favorite scenes like Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the city skyline are visible in addition to the fall foliage on display.
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A Victorian landscape garden is a perfect setting for autumn, and is one of the best gardens in the country to visit in the fall. Thousand of plants and trees spot the 92 acres with maples, dogwoods, and oaks, just a few of the spectacular sight to enjoy.