Top 10 U.S. Cities with the Best Skyline

List of the best skylines in the USA! Quality over quantity.
The Top Ten
1 Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world... read more

Chicago is #1 without question. The view from the lake is the best in the country. It has Willis, Aon, Trump Tower, and John Hancock, which are in the top ten in the US.

If you go by Lake Michigan, you can see all of the Chicago buildings lined up. What a beautiful display, especially at night.

Chicago is #5 because, yes, they have a beautiful skyline, but if you take the Willis Tower away, it's not very eye-opening.

2 New York City The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.

Iconic. The fact that Chicago is above NYC is a tragedy. Midtown Manhattan alone beats the entire Chicago skyline, not even including the Financial District. Chicago has nowhere near as many world-famous buildings as NYC.

New York has the World Trade Center complex, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Central Park Tower, the Steinway Building, 432 Park Avenue, the Bank of America Building, the UN Headquarters, Time Warner Center, the many bridges that connect the boroughs, 53W53, One57, Rockefeller Center, and, of course, the newly constructed Hudson Yards buildings, which are almost a skyline of their own on the west side of Midtown.

New York has the most iconic skyline in the entire world, a mecca of architecture that has mixed together over the years and evolved time and time again while still maintaining the signature New York look. Nowhere compares.

3 Los Angeles Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often abbreviated as L.A., is the largest city in California. It has an estimated population of nearly 4 million, and is the second-largest city in the United States, after New York City, and the third-largest city in North America, after Mexico City... read more

Should be tied with Chicago as #1. New York is too unbalanced and sardined. Manhattan Island is not very large in land area. If LA had at least two more supertalls above 1400 feet, it would be great. And Chicago needs a 1500-foot tower to supersede the Willis/Sears Tower.

LA looks cool and modern. Would love to see a couple more above 1200 feet, even if they're monuments or perhaps hotels with observation decks 100-plus stories over LA.

For years, LA didn't have skyscrapers due to earthquake threats. But now, technology allows for better foundations. I'd love to see a few more towers above 1200 feet. However, most people don't realize that LA's natural skyline (mountains) is thousands of feet taller than NYC's.

4 Houston Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

I honestly think that this should be in the top 5. I mean, with Lake Houston, the unique architecture, and the number of skyscrapers, how could this city not make the list?

Downtown Houston has a very impressive skyline. There are five more skylines in Houston:
Uptown, larger than most U.S. cities' skylines
Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world (impressive)
Energy Corridor

Houston's skyline is taller than Dallas's. Also, it looks more up-to-date. This should be rated higher.

5 San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

I am shocked to see San Francisco so low on the list. It should definitely be right after New York City and Chicago.

SF's skyline is underrated. The Transamerica Pyramid and the Golden Gate Bridge should put it in the top ten.

San Francisco is a city of its own. The Transamerica Pyramid defines the skyline.

6 Detroit Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located across from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on the Detroit River, Detroit had an estimated population of 672,662 in 2018.

Way underrated. The 1920s skyscrapers are unbelievable.

This should be number one because of the mix of historical and futuristic skyscrapers.

7 Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor... read more

Such a dynamic and unique skyline! Four centuries of tall structures harmoniously grouped. The Camden view from across the Delaware River centers City Hall's 19th-century, 40-story stone tower amongst Liberty Place's two post-modern and Comcast Center's two neo-modern blue-glass supertalls.

Fronting are Christ Church's Revolution-era spire alongside Customs House's Art Deco and Pei's three Internationalist towers. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge just adds to the beauty.

The Schuylkill view is majestic with the Art Museum in the foreground and University City's new tall buildings extending the skyline west. Just gorgeous.

8 Miami Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

I believe that New York and Chicago are the top dogs, but Miami is growing immensely, and by 2020, we might have Miami as number 2! In addition, New York will always be #1, and I'm thrilled for that because NY deserves it!

Miami has a fast-growing skyline with a great beach location. Miami could be atop the list very soon.

9 Minneapolis

Stunning, modern-looking skyline - almost all glass, and each building is unique.

Beautiful modern skyline and many things to do downtown.

Gorgeously modern, extremely well-balanced skyline.

10 Seattle Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Seattle has won the #1 spot because of its great display of the iconic Space Needle and many more beautiful buildings to go with it.

Seattle is the most scenic city in the States by far. With views of the Olympics and Cascade Mountain ranges, along with the Puget Sound and the Needle, it is simply the best.

If you like changing your mind with changeable weather, Seattle is the number one spot.

The Contenders
11 Charlotte

- Dynamic skyline
- Extremely dense and not scattered like Austin, Houston, or Atlanta
- Impressive skyline for a city under 1 million residents
- One of the fastest growing skylines in the USA
- Clean and modern

Charlotte's skyline continues to grow. There's nowhere to go but up.

Beautiful skyline. Look at pictures from 10 or 20 years ago to see how much it's changed.

12 Austin

Austin has come a long way since 1980 and is still growing. The skyline is up to date looking with modern skyscrapers. Dallas sort of looks like a has-been.

Austin, my home. I'm saddened I have to put ATX at #8, but it is only because it is still growing. Fast. It is already beautiful with the Austonian, 360 Condos, and Spring looking over Town Lake, but there is so much going on in downtown. The city is going to change face by 2017.

The Waller Center towers should be a new tallest for the city with no height restrictions, and the 50-floor Fairmont Hotel will open eyes as Austin becomes America's next major city.

13 Cleveland

From the lake, you see the Rock Hall and the futuristic science center. It's a nice place, actually.

14 Dallas

Dallas' growing skyline is only getting better with the addition of the Museum Tower and future planned projects. It will be complemented in the future by a much better Trinity River area.

Dallas has a great skyline. With many lit buildings at night, it really makes the city beautiful. The Reunion Tower is a nice addition as well.

The Dallas skyline is probably one of the nicest things you'll ever witness when visiting the area!

15 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh is a city in the western part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the second most populated city in the state.

Not only is it a beautiful city, but it has one of the best vantage points for viewing from Mt. Washington.

If you go to Mount Washington, the view of Pittsburgh's skyline is breathtaking.

16 Corpus Christi
17 St. Louis St. Louis is an independent city and inland port in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois.

How could you not vote in a city with an architectural masterpiece such as the Gateway Arch onto the list?

A city with a 630 ft tall monument! Come on now. St. Louis rocks!

Although the buildings don't have much to offer, the Arch makes it very unique.

18 Portland Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
19 Boston Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

Great skyline with the Hancock Tower, the new Millennium Tower, and the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. One International Place and the historic Custom House Tower are also great buildings.

20 Fort Wayne
21 Baltimore
22 Kansas City
23 Long Beach
24 Atlanta Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.

Very underrated. No skyline in the US has its uniqueness. It has that Atlantis look, very similar to its name. I like the fact that the buildings are not all clustered together. You can actually enjoy all the buildings' beautiful architecture rising up from all three distinct skylines, up through the trees.

Atlanta hands down! Driving south on 85 is simply breathtaking. Metropolis! Charlotte native.

The ATL skyline is very elegant, especially at night with its lighted spiraled buildings. It actually has three main skylines including downtown, midtown, and Buckhead, with several other skyscrapers dotted along the metro area!

The ATL skyline is unique because the buildings are not all clustered in one area but form a trail down Peachtree Street throughout the city.

25 Cincinnati
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