U.S. Cities With the Best Skylines

List of the best skylines in the USA! Quality over quantity.

The Top Ten

1 New York City 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.

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. - Cadetickle

New York has multiple skylines and very many distinguished and recognizable buildings - the Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, and to a lesser extent the MetLife building and the Rockefeller Center and 432 Park. The same can't be said for Chicago, which you can only view from one angle, and has the Willis Tower and maybe the Trump tower and that's really all - JustAnAccount

New York has multiple skylines that can be viewed dynamically in different ways with building icons - Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, and to a lesser extent the MetLife Building, 432 Park Avenue, and the Rockefeller Center. Chicago has the Willis Tower and not much else. In sheer scale, New York wins as the most powerful skyline - JustAnAccount

Go down town to the space needle in Seattle the view is breathtaking

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2 Chicago 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.

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

It's hard to drive without gazing at this magnificent skyline

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

I'm truly in love with the Chicago Skyline!

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3 Seattle 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.

If you like change your mind with changeable whether, Seattle is no one spot.

I love seattle born and raised the city is the best would not live anywhere else. Go Seahawks

Seattle is number 1

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4 Pittsburgh

Gorgeous Skyline.

LOL Pittsburgh has a fine skyline but nothing like the skyline of the Greatest City on Earth...

Go down town seattle to the space needle the view is breathtaking

Seattle is the best city in the world. Go Seattle seahawks yes

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5 Los Angeles Los Angeles

Its really underrated

The mountains in the backdrop are amazing but the buildings are uninteresting and not aesthetically pleasing.

I like the mountain backdrop the best.

Seattle no one go seattle seahawks

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6 Dallas

Viewing Dallas from the West at night is very impressive with the booming uptown buildings.

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 is way better than Philadelphia!

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

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7 St. Louis 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.

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

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

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

Go to Seattle unbelievable. The number one skylines

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8 Philadelphia 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.

Yes...Philadelphia is currently building a "second" skyline on the other side of the Schuylkill River which will include two more super tall skyscrapers which will make Philly's skyline look even more spectacular than it already is.

Graceful, Oz-like, historic and well-proportioned.

With the comcast innovation and technology center nearing completion, and soon the 87-story transit terminal tower (2901 Arch Street) and the other skyscrapers of the Schuylkill Yards project, Philadelphia has one of the most perfect skylines in the US, with more improvements to come

Philadelphia has a tall and figured skyline. I live its location and density even-ness.

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9 Houston 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.

Houston looks stunning if you drive on I-45 North or I-10 West.

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. GO TO THE SPACE NEEDLE THE VIEW IS BREATHTAKING

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

Downtown Houston is very impresive skyline. there are 5 more skylines in houston:
Uptown, larger than most U.S. cities skylines
Texas Medical Center, largest medical center in the world (impresive)
Westchase
Energy Corridor
Midtown

10 Denver Denver

Republic Plaza, 1801 California, Wells Fargo Center (aka the Cash Register Building), Four Seasons, all backrounded by the great rocky mountains.

Not much to say but, a beautiful city with a beautiful skyline.

The skyline itself is nice enough but the mountains make it special. It deserves to be in the top ten.

The mountains are what makes this skyline great.

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The Contenders

11 Miami 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.

Miami is awesome

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

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!

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO TO THE SPACE NEEDLE THE VIEW IS BREATHTAKING

12 Portland 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.

Seattle is number one

Oregon

13 Detroit Detroit

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

Way Underrated. 1920's skyscrapers are unbelievable.

1920'S era skyscrapers are stunning..even more so since the massive renovations that have taken place in the past several years.

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS YES

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14 Minneapolis

Beautiful city - Beautiful skyline - Best place to be in the summertime

Gorgeously modern, extremely well-balanced skyline.

Beautiful modern skyline and many things to do downtown.

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

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15 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California.

San Fransico is a city of its own. The Transamerica Pyramid creates the skyline.

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

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. GO TO THE SPACE NEEDLE THE VIEW IS BREATHTAKING

16 Corpus Christi

Houston,Dallas has better downtowns

SEATTLE ROCKS

17 Cincinnati, OH

Best view is from I-71 in KY

Be far one of the most beautiful

It's Seattle wa sorry

18 Fort Wayne

Seattle is number one go seattle seahawks. GO to the space needle the view is breathtaking

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

19 Indianapolis
20 Atlanta 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.Has that Atlantis look very similar to her 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.

I find Atlanta skyline is beautiful and very inviting.. This skyline can easily be put in the Middle East.. And it looks as if it's turning while your driving through the city. In my book it's the best skyline of the dirty south.

All three of atlanta skylines makes it unique and beautiful.

A beautiful, new, shiny skyline rising out of a beautiful emerald forest!

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21 Baltimore

Baltimore > New York
Go Ravens!

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE

22 Charlotte

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

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

To bad it's Seattle is number one

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

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23 Boston Boston

The cylindrical buildings look like cigars - JustAnAccount

best city

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

Boston is GORGEOUS!

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24 Long Beach

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. GO TO THE SPACE NEEDLE THE VIEW IS BREATHTAKING

25 Austin

Looks incredible at night, especially drunk 6th street nights!

SEATTLE WA MY HOME. GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS YES. GO TO THE SPACE NEEDLE THE VIEW IS BREATHTAKING

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE

Austin, my home. I'm saddened I have to put ATX at #8 but it is only because its is still growing. Fast. It is already beaustiful 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 restricions, and the 50 floor fairmont hotel will open eyes as Austin becomes Americas next major city.

26 Anchorage

Seattle is number one go seattle seahawks

27 Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
28 San Diego San Diego
29 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals

Why is the city's baseball team on the list but the city isn't?

30 New Orleans New Orleans

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. GO TO THE SPACE NEEDLE THE VIEW IS BREATHTAKING

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE. SORRY

31 Cleveland Cleveland

From the lake you see the rock hall, futuristic science center, nice place, actually

32 Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,000 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix ...read more.

Most underrated skyline. Skyline travels from downtown to midtown Phoenix.

33 Louisville
34 Kansas City
35 Washington, D.C.

Let's get real the number one city ls Seattle wa

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS YES

Doesn't even have skyscrapers! Plus forgot pheonix!

36 Tampa

Right near a riverwalk with very many restaurants, huge skyscrapers, an aquarium, and a built in trolley and Amtrak Monorail station.

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

37 Salt Lake City

Fast growing skyline. Scenic mountains. View of temple

It's seattle

38 Savannah

SEATTLE IS NUMBER ONE

I think apart from augusta,Atlanta and macon shavannah probberly it's a skyline

39 Columbus

Very good-looking skyline for a beautiful city. An overall attractive city a good place to live and raise a family!

40 Akron
41 Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

There’s the Stratosphere, all the hotels, the Eiffel Tower and the High Roller ferris wheel... it’s really cool!

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