9 Instagrammable Views and Vistas Around the Main Line Region

The Main Line region boasts a number of Instagrammable views. Photo by Ben Silver

The Main Line and western suburbs of Philadelphia contain some of the most historic and beautiful countryside terrain in America. As locals can attest, the views in our region are simply breathtaking.

When William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682, the Main Line area was settled not long after, and it’s to those colonists and our forefathers we thank for so much unspoiled countryside and idyllic architecture. As the sweet scents of summer fill our nostrils, we’re lucky to experience one of the most beautifully scenic and historic areas across the entire East Coast. 

So, the next time you’re up for a photography adventure (or just looking for something to spruce up your feed), head to one of these hotspots for Instagrammable views around the Main Line.

Ridley Creek State Park

1023 Sycamore Mills Rd., Media

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Ridley Creek curves through Ridley Creek State Park.
Ridley Creek curves through Ridley Creek State Park. Photo by Ben Silver

This 2,606-acre state park is one of Pennsylvania’s best hidden gems. Featuring a colonial Pennsylvania plantation, dozens of miles of hiking trails and scenic vistas over rivers, hills and forests, Ridley Creek State Park is one of the best spots in the Main Line area to get some fresh air.

A dragonfly lights on a leaf.
A dragonfly lights on a leaf. Photo by Ben Silver

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden

1829 County Line Rd., Villanova

The Stoneleigh Mansion though greenery.
The Stoneleigh Mansion though greenery. Photo by Ben Silver

This curated garden, basking in the shadows of the Haas family mansion, contains a beautiful display of some of the most gorgeous natural flora the northeast U.S. has to offer. Bubbling fountains, ivy-covered walkways and shady trees all make this quaint garden one of the most relaxing corners of the Main Line region.

An archway frames a fountain at scenic Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden.
An archway frames a fountain at Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden. Photo by Ben Silver

Rolling Hill Park

1301 Rose Glen Rd., Gladwyne

Stone bluffs line Mill Creek at Rolling Hill Park.
Stone bluffs line Mill Creek at Rolling Hill Park. Photo by Ben Silver

These gentle hills provide for 103 acres of great hiking with the gently gurgling Mill Creek, a Schuylkill tributary, tightly nestled in its valleys. Rolling Hill Park also contains an off-leash area for well-trained dogs that’s available to anyone who pays a small fee.

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Rock Hill Road

Rock Hill Rd., Bala Cynwyd

This Rock Hill Road vista looks into Philadelphia County.
This Rock Hill Road vista looks into Philadelphia County. Photo by Ben Silver

One of the steepest roads anywhere in Pennsylvania, this hidden gem off I-76 in Bala Cynwyd provides scenic views of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties’ natural landscape. Be careful if you’re ever driving or biking down this small street, as it can be hazardous for first-timers.

This vista atop Rock Hill Road looks toward Conshohocken.
This vista atop Rock Hill Road looks toward Conshohocken. Photo by Ben Silver

Glen Mills Train Station

130 Glen Mills Rd., Glen Mills

Historic Glen Mills Train Station basks in the evening sun.
Historic Glen Mills Train Station basks in the evening sun. Adobe Stock / Bo

Owned by the Thornberry Historical Society, Glen Mills Train Station was a stop on the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad beginning  as far back as 1858. The current station house traces its history back 145 years.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

1400 N Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

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The rolling hills of Valley Forge seemed a welcome respite for the exhausted Continental Army.
The rolling hills of Valley Forge seemed a welcome respite for the exhausted Continental Army. Adobe Stock / Matthew Botos

Valley Forge is known nationwide as the place where General George Washington and his continental army wintered in 1777-78. It now serves as a national park, where over 1.2 million tourists visit annually for its stunning views and history galore.

West Laurel Hill Cemetery

225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd

Scenic West Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most historic anywhere in the Main Line area.
West Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most historic anywhere in the Main Line area. Adobe Stock / jonbilous

This 200-acre cemetery established just after the Civil War in 1869 is an accredited arboretum with stunning vistas out across the Schuylkill into Philadelphia County, With over 150 years of history, West Laurel Hill Cemetery has had time to accrue some truly magnificent monuments. It serves as the resting place for hundreds of notable figures, including Billy Paul, Ed Snider and Ben Shibe, to name only a few.

Grace Winery

50 Sweetwater Rd., Glen Mills

The vineyards of Grace Winery produce some of the best vintages in the Brandywine Valley.
The vineyards of Grace Winery produce some of the best vintages in the Brandywine Valley. Photo by Ben Silver

A scenic 18th-century manor house serves as a backdrop for this Brandywine Valley winery, which features rolling fields and over 50 acres of vineyards.

The Paper Mill House

3 Paper Mill Rd., Newtown Square

This scenic stone bridge shaded by the historical Paper Mill House is almost 200 years old.
This stone bridge shaded by the historical Paper Mill House is almost 200 years old. Photo by Ben Silver

Nearly two centuries old, this three-story stone building overlooks a highly Instagrammable view of a bubbling creek and stone bridge. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, its beauty grows year by year as the green forest canopies the shady stream below.

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