6 Places to View Great Skylines
Every city has its’ own unique top spots for urban photography. Listed below are several fantastic (and easily accessible) sites for viewing the great skylines of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Cleveland, L.A., and Boston. Chicago & Pittsburgh are among the most scenic skylines in the country, if not the world. In addition, the beautiful greenery surrounding Boston gives us numerous options for uniquely attractive views. Gorgeous Lake Erie surrounds Cleveland and the mesmerizing Santa Monica mountains perfectly frame L.A. And, Dallas frequently rates as one of the favorite skylines of visitors.
Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, the Adler Planetarium is located in the perfect spot for Chicago photography. The views are absolutely spectacular. The prominent architecture combined with an idyllic location on beautiful Lake Michigan creates a picture-perfect city view. Both daytime and nighttime offer dramatic photograph opportunities. Take a bike ride on the 17 mile Chicago Lakefront Path, and enjoy this site and many notable Chicago landmarks in the same day! Keeping true to its’ nickname, “the Windy City,” a windy day can dampen an otherwise pleasant ride.
Where to go for the best Chicago skyline views: 1300 S. Lakeshore Drive Chicago, IL 60605.
The absolute best view of Pittsburgh’s incredible skyline can be viewed at the top of the Duquesne Incline. An antique cable car will take you 400 feet up to the observation deck. Here you will enjoy once in a lifetime panoramic views of “‘The Steel City,” the three rivers (Ohio, Allegheny, and the Monongahela, and its’ many fabulous bridges. The view is so amazing that USA Today voted it one of the Top 10 Places Worldwide for City Views.
Where to go for the best Pittsburgh skyline views: 1197 West Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Dallas is no doubt home to the most stunning skyline in Texas, and definitely ranks as the best of the Southwest. In 2014, readers of USA Today voted Dallas the best International skyline. The best way to take in the beauty of “The Big D” is via the observation deck at Reunion Tower. From 470 feet in the air, the panoramic views of the grandest city in Texas are unparalleled.
Where to go for the best Dallas skyline views: Reunion tower is located at: 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207.
Although Cleveland’s small skyline will not be winning awards anytime soon, the serene setting on beautiful Lake Erie definitely earns it some bonus points. Add in an easily accessible location in one of the country’s most beautiful urban parks, and this one is a definite bucket list contender. Edgewater Park is a gorgeous greenspace home to a lengthy paved biking path, 9000 feet of shoreline, public and dog beaches, picnicking areas, and so much more. Visit the famous Cleveland script sign and take in the incredible skyline photo opp pictured below.
Where to go for the best Cleveland skyline views: E. 55th Street Cleveland, OH
L.A. may be more known for its’ negative attributes like traffic, smog, and congestion. However, there are many beautiful beaches, parks, and public attractions for everyone to enjoy. One of these is beautiful Griffith Observatory, a combo hiking area/scenic overlook/astronomy tower. Thanks to a generous donation from philanthropist, Griffith J. Griffith (whom the observatory is named after), the Griffith will always be free to the public. Visit for the best views of the Hollywood sign, incredible mountain hiking, and fabulous views of the L.A. skyline (on a clear, non smoggy day!).
Where to go for the best L.A. skyline views: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Although Boston is not home to one of the best skylines in the country, great views can still be enjoyed at several locations, including Eliot Tower, which provides the opportunity for fantastic views in a serene setting. The highest point in Blue Hills Reservation, Great Blue Hill, is home to 35 foot tall Eliot tower, which offers panoramic views of the entire skyline. This location provides a unique view of the city from afar; the beautiful forested hills only add to the enchantment. Note: the Bunker Hill Monument (located along The Freedom Trail) is another fantastic place for skyline photos. Climb 294 stairs up this historic monument for one of the city’s best skyline vista points.
Where to go for the best Boston skyline views: The Red Trail hike begins at 695 Hillside St. Milton, MA 02186.
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