The Delaware River
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The city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, is known for more than just the Liberty Bell. Visitors, residents and those passing through the city have an assortment of natural landmarks in Philadelphia throughout the city itself to tour. Many of the natural wonders are scenic and photogenic, adding to the overall experience of visiting Philadelphia. Seeking out the natural beauty within such a large city brings a new aspect to spending time in the area.
The Delaware River
Dividing Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey, the river is famous for George Washington’s crossing into New Jersey on December 25, 1776 during the American Revolution. One specific area of the river, the Delaware River Water Gap, is the portion of the river where the river cuts directly through the mountains; providing a canal view and feel for those touring the area.
The Schuylkill River
Another natural landmark in Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River, provides a scenic view of the city as those traveling along the river have an unobstructed view of the Philadelphia skyline. Options for exploring the river include walking trails, boating, swimming and sailing.
The Great Appalachian Valley
Providing for a different number of natural landmarks in Philadelphia are the The Appalachian Mountains, which span from Canada to Alabama and cross through Philadelphia. The valley they create is scenic where the mountains cut through the Schuylkill River, the water gap formation is suitable for those seeking to experience both the mountains and the river simultaneously.
Throughout Philadelphia, cherry trees dot and adorn the city. Philadelphia natural landmarks include the cherry trees dotting the landscape, which bloom in the spring. They are a natural landmark found throughout the city, and many remind visitors of the infamous cherry tree George Washington chopped down. Various celebrations and festivals throughout Philadelphia celebrate the cherry trees as they bloom for the season.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is located to the north of Philadelphia. The 1,200 acres park is a natural setting for an assortment of wildlife, flora and fauna. One of the most renowned portions of the refuge is the freshwater tidal marsh contained within. It is the largest such marsh within the state of Pennsylvania and is one of the Philadelphia natural landmarks suitable for visitors of all ages.
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