5 of the Most Incredible Skylines In the World.

For many cities, the skyline architecture is the most recognizable identifier. This is why movies, tv shows, and commercials always show that establishing shot at the beginning to immediately give the viewers an idea of the setting. Not all skylines are created equal, however, and Trip Treasury has made a list of a few of our favorites. Take a look below and let us know which skylines you like the best!

Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago is known worldwide as the inventor of the skyscraper, and it has not slowed down since putting up its first. The tallest buildings in this sea of skyscrapers and highrises are concentrated in the city’s Loop and River North neighborhoods while many smaller high rises extend further north and south along the lakeshore. The contrast of the beautiful architecture against the backdrop of the lake makes it one of the most picturesque city skylines in the world.

Number of buildings over 150M - 130

Notable Buildings - Sears Tower, St.Regis Chicago, 875 North Michigan Ave

New York, NY, USA

The image of the New York Skyline is most likely permanently imprinted in your brain due to its prominence in just about every form of media ever made. There’s good reason for this, as the ever-growing mass of buildings inspires those of us who have those big cities dreams. New York is a city where dreams can be made, and its ever-changing and innovative skyline speaks volumes to that idea.

Number of buildings over 150M - 290

Notable Buildings - One World Trade Center, 111 W.57th Street, Empire State Building

Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and its incredible skyline serves to stake its claim as the crown jewel of The Great White North. Situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto has by far the tallest skyline in Canada and one of the most beautiful in the world.

Number of buildings over 150 M - 68

Notable buildings - CN Tower, TD Canada Trust Tower, Aura

Hong Kong

If the highrises in Hong Kong were stacked on top of each other they would reach an incredible 207 miles into the sky, making it the tallest collection of skyscrapers in the world. Dense buildings are necessary for this island-based city-state because space is severely limited and its total population of nearly 8 million people makes every inch of real estate incredibly important.

Number of buildings over 150 M - 482

Notable buildings - International Commerce Center, Bank of China Tower, Central Plaza

Tokyo, Japan

The skyscrapers and highrises of Tokyo are unique, at least when compared to western cities, because they are spread throughout the 23 special wards of Tokyo. This makes the city look like a sea of buildings and concrete when looked at from a bird’s eye view. Just as in Hong Kong, space is limited in Japan and Tokyo is an extreme example of efficient building needs with its population of more than 37 million people. Of the 25 largest buildings in Japan, 17 exist in Tokyo.

Number of buildings over 150 M - 160

Notable buildings - Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Number 1, Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower.