If the thought of standing at the top of a tall building gives you a rush of excitement and not the heebie-jeebies then- this post is for you. Read more to find out which U.S skyscrapers you should put on your adventure to-do list.
Before you dive into the list. How about some skyscraper facts?
Did you know?
- The term “skyscraper” is also used in sailing. It is the triangular skysail.
- If a building is over 400-500 feet with roughly 50 floors, it is considered a skyscraper.
- The top three locations in the United States for skyscraper buildings are New York, Chicago, and Miami. Houston comes in at a close fourth.
- The Home Insurance Building in Chicago, built is 1855, is considered the world’s first skyscraper.
- National Skyscraper Day is observed annually on September 3.
- Skyscrapers can sway a few feet in the air when the wind is blowing.
432 Park Avenue Condominiums (NY)
This is a residential skyscraper designed by Rafael Vinoly overlooks Central Park. It rises 1,396 feet- 90 feet over the initially proposed height.
Bank of America Tower (NY)
The Bank of America Tower is located between 42nd and 43 street, right across from Bryant Park. It is one of the most efficient and ecologically friendly buildings in the world, mostly made from recycled and recyclable pieces. Some of its features include a special insulation to help contain heat and maximize natural light and a greywater system that catches rainwater for reuse.
Empire State Building (NY)
A trip to New York isn’t complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. This world-famous landmark offers stunning 360-degree views of New York City.
John Hancock Center (Chicago)
This 100-story, 1,128-foot skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the ninth-tallest in the United States.
JP Morgan Chase Tower (Houston)
While this skyscraper is named after the bank JPMorgan Chase, the only floor actually dedicated to the bank is the very bottom floor. The sky lobby is only accessible by the tenants.
One World Trade Center (NY)
One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is sixth-tallest in the world.
The New York Times Building (NY)
This high rise located in the heart of Manhattan has 1.5 million square feet.
Trump International Hotel (Chicago)
Trump International is one of the most luxurious hotels located in the Windy City. This 92 story building has views for days. It’s exterior is made up of 30 miles of glass which provides multiple breathtaking views of the city.
Willis Tower (Chicago)
The new Willis Tower- formerly known as the Sears Tower- is a 110-story scraper in Chicago, Illinois. It hasn’t officially been called the Sears Tower since 2009. However, that will probably always be what people affectionately refer to it as.
Wilshire Grand Center (LA)
This 1,100-foot skyscraper in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles is known for being the First skyscraper in L.A. without a flat roof. It’s the tallest building outside of New York City, Chicago and Philly, and 11th tallest in the world.