Skyscraper Bucket List: The 32 Tallest Buildings in the U.S.

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The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, but the United States boasts plenty of vertical treasures that, like other architectural gems, are worth a sore neck. Now the Look down 100 stories in New York and see four states at once in Chicago in this tour of skyscrapers., 111 West 57th Street or Steinway Tower, is fully built, giving visitors to Central Park in New York City yet another view of the city to marvel at (you can also see photos of the glamorous inside). Here are the 32 tallest completed buildings in the United States, according to information from the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and other sources.

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One World Trade Center, New York

1. One World Trade Center, New York

Height: 1,776 feet
With 104 stories rising a symbolic 1,776 feet, it has officially been the tallest skyscraper in America since its completion in 2012. The One World Observatory on floors 100 to 102 of the tower offers panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey starting at $44 for adults and free for kids 5 and under.

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Central Park Tower, New York
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2. Central Park Tower, New York

Height: 1,550 feet

Also known as Nordstrom Tower, this is the tallest residential building in the world and the tallest building outside of Asia by roof height alone. While apartments in this skyscraper that's located along Billionaires' Row are as pricey as you'd expect, it could be the most expensive condo project ever. Two-bedrooms start at $6.5 million.

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Willis Tower in Chicago
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3. Willis Tower, Chicago

Height: 1,451 feet
The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is 108 stories, but its Skydeck Observatory is on the 103rd floor. Visitors get views of the Chicago area and Lake Michigan and, on a clear day, even a peek at Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Admission is between $30 and $44 for adults and $22 and $36 for kids. If you have the nerve, step onto the glass ledge that lets you "float" 1,353 feet above the ground.

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Steinway Tower
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4. 111 West 57th Street, New York

Height: 1,428 feet

This recently completed skyscraper (pictured center-left in this image), also known as the Steinway Tower, is the most slender skyscraper in the world, with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1, its developers say. It has 60 luxury condominiums, and the building's base is a designated city landmark.

One Vanderbilt Building New York City

5. One Vanderbilt, New York

Height: 1,401 feet

This 67-story skyscraper was proposed by New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio, as part of a rezoning project in the early 2010s and was finished in 2019, two months ahead of schedule. It's the city's fourth-tallest building.

432 Park Avenue, New York

6. 432 Park Avenue, New York

Height: 1,396 feet
To see the tallest residential building in the world, head to Park Avenue and East 56th Street in New York, where 432 Park Avenue holds 104 condominiums. The 85-story tower is taller than the Empire State Building, but to see the view, you have to know someone on the inside. As stellar as the views are, however, residents complain about major design flaws that have resulted in leaks, scary creaking noises, and worse, according to The New York Times.

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago
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7. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago

Height: 1,389 feet
This gleaming part-condo, part-commercial tower with hotel rooms, restaurants, and a spa was designed to fit in with Chicago's existing skyline, with each of its three "steps" matching the height of nearby buildings. Despite being one of the tallest in the country, at 98 stories, the building offers only one way for the public to take in a view: an outdoor restaurant on the 16th floor — so, less than a fifth of the way up. 

30 Hudson Yards from Hudson Commons
30 Hudson Yards from Hudson Commons by Rhododendrites (CC BY-SA)

8. 30 Hudson Yards, New York

Height: 1,268 feet
Completed in 2019, 30 Hudson Yards is the showpiece of its namesake development. Although it's mainly office space, the designers capitalized on its current status as the third-tallest tower in New York and fifth-tallest in the country: It features a cantilevered outdoor observation deck, called Edge that's touted as the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

Empire State Building, New York
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9. Empire State Building, New York

Height: 1,250 feet
This treasure of midtown Manhattan needs no introduction. Unfortunately the prices are as high as the spire. Tickets to the main deck and museum on the 86th floor start at $44 for adults and $38 for children. For $35 more, visitors gain admission to the 360-degree observation deck on the newly renovated 102nd story.

Bank of America Tower, New York

10. Bank of America Tower, New York

Height: 1,200 feet
Opposite Bryant Park, the Bank of America Tower stands 55 stories. It houses more than 2 million square feet of office space and is renowned for its green architecture, including an Urban Garden Room on the ground floor with living plant sculptures that's free to visit.

St. Regis building in Chicago, Illinois
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11. St. Regis, Chicago

Height: 1,198 feet

When this building as "topped off' in 2019, it became the third-tallest skyscraper in Chicago. It's also the tallest building in the world designed by a woman as of 2020.

Aon Center, Chicago

12. Aon Center, Chicago

Height: 1,136 feet
The 83-story Aon Center was previously known as the Standard Oil Building, the world's tallest marble-covered building at its completion in 1974. The marble was later removed due to cracks and instability, but the Aon Center, now covered in white granite, is still a sight to behold, and Chicago's third-tallest structure.

875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

13. 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Height: 1,128 feet
The 360 Chicago observatory at 875 N. Michigan Ave. — formerly John Hancock Center — features an attraction called Tilt. It literally tilts visitors to a 30-degree angle, so they can look down onto Michigan Avenue from the 94th floor. Admission to the observation deck starts at $30 for adults and $20 for kids, though the tilt costs an additional $9 each. You can also visit the Signature Lounge, on the 96th floor of this 100-story tower, where a beer costs less than observatory admission but offers the same view (minus the tilt).

Comcast Technology Center

14. Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia

Height: 1,121 feet
The City of Brotherly Love is also home to another Comcast tower, the tallest building in the state. The Comcast Technology Center was completed in 2018 with 59 floors and 1.56 million square feet. It is mainly occupied by tech and engineering firms, as well as the operations of two local broadcast television stations.

Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles
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15. Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles

Height: 1,100 feet
Currently the tallest building in the City of Angels, as well as the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the Wilshire Grand boasts 73 stories and futuristic lighting and video displays that give it star power in the L.A. skyline. Within its gently arcing profile, it houses the 889-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, offices, and numerous restaurants and bars (including what is considered the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere).

3 World Trade Center, New York
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16. 3 World Trade Center, New York

Height: 1,079 feet
Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and opened in 2018, this building is another step in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex. This 80-floor structure houses 2.5 million square feet of commercial space and was designed with an eye toward sustainability. Recycled rainwater is used in its air conditioning system, and office workers can enjoy a 5,500-square-foot landscaped garden on the 17th floor and a smaller one on the 76th floor. 

Brooklyn Tower - Complete
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17. Brooklyn Tower

Height: 1,073 feet

This newly completed 93-story building is built on some 20th-century history — literally. The skyscraper's base is the Dime Savings Bank Building, which was built in 1906. Though the new building will have commercial space, it will largely be a residential building with three pools on the roof (and a fourth in the indoor fitness center), a gym, a billiards room, a movie room, and a 66th-floor basketball court. It's the tallest structure in New York City outside of Manhattan and the first supertall building in Brooklyn.

Salesforce Tower, San Francisco
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18. Salesforce Tower, San Francisco

Height: 1,070 feet
Checking in at 61 floors, Salesforce Tower opened in 2018 in the city’s Transbay district, near other big tech names such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Its slender, gleaming figure has been compared to “an enormous zucchini” — it tapers toward the top, where there is a nine-story LED display. Called "Day for Night" and created by artist Jim Campbell, the display features footage shot in the area and rendered in low resolution.

53W53, New York

19. 53W53, New York

Height: 1,050 feet
Rising 77 stories, 53W53 — short for 53 West 53rd — is also known as the MoMA Expansion Tower and has been called "the most architecturally significant addition to the Manhattan skyline in recent years." Completed in 2019, the building contains gallery spaces, luxury condominiums, and a private formal dining room with park views. 

The New York Times Building, New York

20. The New York Times Building, New York

Height: 1,046 feet
The New York Times Building sits a block from Times Square in New York City. The 52-story building boasts double layers of floor-to-ceiling glass walls, so the sun serves as a major source of light for its occupants.

Chrysler Building, New York

21. Chrysler Building, New York

Height: 1,046 feet
The 77-story Chrysler Building in midtown Manhattan is a must-see for its art deco architecture, featuring a beautiful crown and majestic spire — put up by surprise in 1930 to successfully make the building the world's tallest, although the honor lasted for only 11 months. A 71st-floor viewing gallery was closed to the public in 1945, but visitors should keep an eye out for this quintessential New York landmark and its gargoyles when walking up Lexington Avenue.

Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta

22. Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta

Height: 1,023 feet
The tallest building in the Southeast, the 55-story Bank of America Plaza features two landscaped plazas on either side where visitors can admire the art deco tower.

U.S. Bank Tower, Los Angeles

23. U.S. Bank Tower, Los Angeles

Height: 1,018 feet
To see Los Angeles in all its glitzy glory, head to the U.S. Bank Tower. While the 73-story building used to offer two open-air observation decks, three Skyspace levels, and an all-glass Skyslide, the building's new owner permanently closed those attractions in 2021.

35 Hudson Yards
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24. 35 Hudson Yards, New York

Height: 1,010 feet
Part of a new, 28-acre "city within a city" of homes, office buildings, parks, retail, and restaurants, this tower is primarily residential and built around the first Equinox-branded hotel. (The company took a hit within weeks of the opening, when an investor hosted a fundraiser for Donald Trump, but threats to boycott Equinox don't seem to have reached the real estate sector.)

Franklin Center, Chicago
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25. Franklin Center, Chicago

Height: 1,007 feet
Downtown Chicago's Franklin Center, home to offices and commercial space, is clad in dark red and rose-colored granite in a postmodern style that features sharp pinnacles, bold lines, and Gothic detailing reminiscent of the 1920s. The tower, originally known as the AT&T corporate center, rises 60 stories.

One57, New York

26. One57, New York

Height: 1,004 feet
One57, in midtown Manhattan overlooking Central Park, boasts some of the most expensive residences in New York City — including a penthouse that sold for $101 million in 2015. The 75-story tower is easily recognized for its gleaming, wavy, blue glass, in addition to its height.

JPMorgan Chase Tower, Houston

27. JPMorgan Chase Tower, Houston

Height: 1,002 feet
At 75 stories, the JPMorgan Chase Tower is the tallest building in Texas, but what really sets it apart is that it's the tallest five-sided building in the world. The 60th-floor observatory, formerly a top free tourist attraction for Houston visitors, was closed to the public in 2016.

1 Manhattan West
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28. 1 Manhattan West, New York

Height: 995 feet
This 67-story skyscraper was completed in 2019 as part of the Manhattan West development, which provides office space to companies such as Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, the National Hockey League, and others. One Manhattan West offers over two million square feet of leasable space with high ceilings and windows that let in lots of natural light as well as afford views in all directions.

Two Prudential Plaza, Chicago

29. Two Prudential Plaza, Chicago

Height: 995 feet
Two Prudential Plaza is flanked by the Aon Center and One Prudential Plaza in Chicago's Loop. Sixty-four stories tall, it features a pyramid peak and distinctive chevron detailing on the sides.

Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston

30. Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston

Height: 992 feet
The gleaming, reflective structure of the Wells Fargo Plaza greets visitors to downtown Houston. Its 71 stories contain primarily office suites, a health club, and the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom.

4 World Trade Center, New York
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31. 4 World Trade Center, New York

Height: 977 feet
Part of the new World Trade Center complex in New York City, 4 World Trade Center contains 65 floors of office and retail space. Visitors to the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial can take a short stroll to check out the modern, minimalist structure with an expansive ground-floor lobby, but the 57th-floor terrace is now owned by a finance tech company.

Comcast Center, Philadelphia

32. Comcast Center, Philadelphia

Height: 974 feet
The 57-story Comcast Center tower has a few distinctive features, including a 2,000-square-foot HD video wall in the lobby showing hyper-realistic images. A bright, open eight-story winter garden uses sunscreens and louvers to bring in maximum daylight while blocking the sun's heat, part of the building's overall ecological focus.