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The Best Skylines in the United States 

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List Rules American cities only. Vote up the most breathtaking during both day and night.

The United States has some of the coolest cities in the world, and awesome cities bring forth awesome skylines. Whether you see them during the day as a massive urban jungle or an array of twinkling lights at night, these skylines are the best the U.S. has to offer.

A great skyline doesn't necessarily equate to a large city skyline, so don't be surprised by some of the smaller cities you might see on here. Many of the smaller cities have picturesque mountains or bodies of water in their cityscape. Vote up your favorite skyline, both during the day and at night for the best American skylines. 

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