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View Poll Results: Which of these North American cities has the best combined architectural and natural skyline?
Denver 32 10.19%
Los Angeles 36 11.46%
Portland (OR) 7 2.23%
Seattle 157 50.00%
Vancouver (BC) 82 26.11%
Voters: 314. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-10-2010, 12:22 AM
 
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Vancouver is a stunning city, but it is literally in the mountains. It's like a huge city with surroundings like a small mountain town. It's in a class of its own, much different from any other city listed. I think this is why it's the winner (well after Seattle) by such a huge margin, it's incredible! But also it's kinda unfair to the rest (you know what I mean)

 
Old 10-10-2010, 02:55 AM
 
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Originally Posted by JR577 View Post
Vancouver is a stunning city, but it is literally in the mountains. It's like a huge city with surroundings like a small mountain town. It's in a class of its own, much different from any other city listed. I think this is why it's the winner (well after Seattle) by such a huge margin, it's incredible! But also it's kinda unfair to the rest (you know what I mean)
Yeah I just realized what this kinda sounded like. I know Vancouver is by no means surrounded by mountains in every direction, but no other city listed has mountains this prominent literally right next door to it. Sorry for any confusion
 
Old 10-11-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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The difference between Seattle and Mt. Rainier and its distance vs Denver and their mountains, is one of them is a staggering 14,000 ft tall and you are viewing it from close to sea level...It has a topographical rise of OVER 13,000ft. Thats higher than K2 and close to Everest. the thing is massive and dominates the skyline regardless if you are 50 miles away or not. I would say without Rainier the two cities would be much closer matched, but the buildings and surrounding greenery still make it better imo

Plus the architecture of Seattle is pretty sweet too!

San Francisco is a stunning city, but the "mountains" serve as no type of jaw dropping back drop.

I voted Seattle I would say Vancouver is a close second...It reminds me of Salt Lake City somewhat actually because of how close the giant mountains are I would pick LA 3rd then Portland and then Denver last

1. SEATTLE
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...le_skyline.jpg
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...er/seattle.jpg
2. VANCOUVER (already fantastic images loaded)
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/u...n/Downtown.jpg
3. Los ANGELES (again already a great photo...couldn't find any others)
4. PORTLAND (looks nice, but not super impressive to me)
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h...mount-hood.jpg
5. Denver
http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/g...rmountains.jpg
to me, Denver just looks like any other Downtown America...


Why isn't SALT LAKE ON HERE!!!!
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x..._Lake_City.jpg

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Old 10-11-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Seattle, in the REAL Washington
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Seattle by far. All views of the skyline are great, but the Kerry Park view with the "hill" effect is unmatched anywhere else in the world. The extremely diverse architecture is great, mixing colors and designs perfectly. This is part of the reason it beats Vancouver. Vancouver has too many of those copypasta glass towers of the same height; boring.



Seattle is also unbeatable with mountain and forest scenery.

http://jaynedoodles.typepad.com/phot...om_seattle.jpg
http://northseattletownhomes.com/ima...th_Seattle.jpg
http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/p...um/4004194.jpg

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Vancouver has breathtaking views of mountains within a 15 minute drive of the city core. The core also has large apartment and condo buildings and the views going into downtown are similarly awesome. You also have beaches in Vancouver where you can see mountains literally RIGHT THERE.

I live in Seattle, and I know that you can see not one but two mountain ranges and major mountains nearby, and I know it's also beautiful, but imho, Vancouver edges my hometown.
 
Old 10-11-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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Los Angeles
Boston
 
Old 10-11-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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seattle
 
Old 10-11-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: moving again
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I voted Vancouver, but only based on its backdrop, which is the most dramatic of the choices. architetually, Vancouver is a pretty boring, somewhat ugly city. I should have voted Seattle.
 
Old 10-11-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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L.A. has the best overall dramatic background plus tall/dense skyline, with Vancouver a close second. But all 5 cities are very beautiful and have gorgeous surroundings.
 
Old 10-13-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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Miami
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