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Old 08-07-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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I have traveled to every big city and what I love about the U.S. is it is so diverse. This is just my opinion of the best parts of a city/best view of the city


Boston - I kayaked that "dirty water", but it was worth it. You get a 360 degree view of the skyline, MIT, when you get closer in downtown Boston. I recommend this to everyone. After the Big Dig, Boston to me is one of the most beautiful cities in our country

San Fran - I highly recommend it for the tour as well, but from Alcatraz, breathtaking views of the city, golden gate, and bay bridge. Looks like a Mediterranean city

L.A. - Kind of a different city in that the downtown to me is not the most glamorous, but looking north at Santa Monica with the ocean or going up to Pasedena or angles National Forest. For those who say L.A. are is not beautiful in my opinion are wrong

Chicago - Most beautiful skyline in the country(don't worry bringing up NYC next). From Lake Shore Drive heading north or south or inbound on the Kennedy to the Chicago River. The collection of old and new and cleanliness and you add Lake Michigan to the east and all the parks welcoming you. Downtown Chicago is just beautiful

NYC - Not a "beautiful" city. A massive city with a bazillion things to do, see, etc.. That said, I love it in the fall in central park. Also flying into Laguardia you get a scope of just how massive NYC is.

Feel free to add more cities or give your opinions on the ones I had. No right or wrong answer. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Baton Rouge - the area around the LSU campus is the most charming with older homes, parks, and the LSU lakes. The best VIEW of the city is definitely from the top of the Louisiana State Capitol at 27 floor where there's a free outdoors observation deck. Another beautiful view of downtown Baton Rouge is from across the river in Port Allen. A lot of people drive to that side on July 4 to see the fireworks over the river.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: St. Louis City
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Not sure how the skyline of Chicago can be beautiful while that of NYC is not? They both feature high rises along the waterfront.


In St. Louis, MO, I like the view of the city from:
- the Gateway observation deck in East St. Louis, IL
- while walking around the Compton Hill reservoir OR the top of the Water Tower
- from the top of the Gateway Arch
- from the top of the Cahokia Mounds historic site in Cohokia, IL (of course, you also get a good view of the land fill from this angle :/ )
- from the top of Hidden Valley ski near Eureka MO, where you can see the Arch and high rises which are just under 26 miles away (as the crow flies)
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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OKC - I think the most beautiful areas are the Heritage Hills, Mesta Park, and Crown Heights neighborhoods. My favorite views of downtown are from the I-35 bridge looking NW, from the Harrison Ave bridge looking SW, and from anywhere looking SE.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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Providence (1636)
Prospect Park Terrace
Views from the Statue of Roger Williams who 381 years ago founded the city he looks down on

https://inn-providence-ri.com/wp-con...ct-terrace.jpg

https://t4.ftcdn.net/jpg/01/15/63/09...5YOn0VWTlo.jpg
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Providence (1636)
Prospect Park Terrace
Views from the Statue of Roger Williams who 381 years ago founded the city he looks down on

https://inn-providence-ri.com/wp-con...ct-terrace.jpg

https://t4.ftcdn.net/jpg/01/15/63/09...5YOn0VWTlo.jpg
the view from the Point St. bridge is great as well.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:09 PM
 
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Not sure how the skyline of Chicago can be beautiful while that of NYC is not? They both feature high rises along the waterfront.

In St. Louis, MO, I like the view of the city from:
- the Gateway observation deck in East St. Louis, IL
- while walking around the Compton Hill reservoir OR the top of the Water Tower
- from the top of the Gateway Arch
- from the top of the Cahokia Mounds historic site in Cohokia, IL (of course, you also get a good view of the land fill from this angle :/ )
- from the top of Hidden Valley ski near Eureka MO, where you can see the Arch and high rises which are just under 26 miles away (as the crow flies)
I think the OP meant how Chicago's lakefront enhances its downtown in a way the rivers around Manhattan do a bit less. Of clues in other Boroughs NYC has ocean front beaches etc.

Chicago with the Great Lake andp arkland, harbors, beaches even in its core..... add to what can be called beautiful.... with more green parkland at the water and bluer clear waters of the Great Lakes with harbors and beaches over more gritty docks. Of course, you can't lessen the beauty and value of Central Park. But even Chicago's Lincoln Park in the second photo over is larger then Central Park. Chicago also has its river skyscraper canyon.
Examples

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Old 08-07-2017, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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The Scioto Mile riverfront area is probably the most pictured in Columbus. You can enjoy fountains, benches to swing on, views of the art deco style Leveque tower, COSI/The Old Central High School building, The Supreme Court of Ohio etc.

In terms of residential areas I think German Village or parts of Victorian Village are the most picturesque for Columbus.
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:14 AM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Kerry Park in the Queen Anne neighborhood has the famous view of Seattle.



NOTE: This is my own photo taken by yours truly.

Mercer Island and Bellevue also offer very stunning perspectives of the city especially on a clear day when you can see the Olympics behind Seattle.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:11 PM
 
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Cleveland:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Edgewater+Park+Beach/@41.4884058,-81.7400798,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipNAAnKuezfPGjlnNKFJYcQhwc WxXV8OFwzr1lUO!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleu sercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNAAnKuezfPGjlnNKFJYcQhw cWxXV8OFwzr1lUO%3Dw203-h152-k-no!7i4032!8i3024!4m5!3m4!1s0x8830f1b4038724a1:0x82 c2e98e974c2a8e!8m2!3d41.4884058!4d-81.7400798
70 Foot Bluffs Overlooking Lake Erie and Skyline

https://www.google.com/maps/place/James+A.+Garfield+Monument/@41.513703,-81.597841,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipM6dgyuby5gpsFd5LilQVAZKy W6-VvAuhr67SB8!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleuser content.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipM6dgyuby5gpsFd5LilQVAZKyW6-VvAuhr67SB8%3Dw203-h152-k-no!7i4000!8i3000!4m5!3m4!1s0x8830fc0ca90631eb:0x95 d08eabbed27e1f!8m2!3d41.5094581!4d-81.5908164 From observation deck on top of Garfield's tomb, one of the largest presidential memorials.

Orlando:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/La...1!4d-81.372778
Lake Eola Park, abutting downtown.

Tampa:
https://utlife.files.wordpress.com/2...lant_park1.jpg
Waterfront park at the University of Tampa, across the Hillsborough River from downtown.

As far as prettiest places in each of these metros in which I have lived, there are a number in each, and it's hard to say because each is nice in it's own way. However, if I were to pick a single architectural landmark in each, I would pick The Arcade in Cleveland, Plant Hall in Tampa, and in Orlando probably Church Street Station.

Prettiest natural places? It's impossible to say just one in Cleveland so I would probably say Cuyahoga Valley National Park in general. In Tampa, my favorite hiking spot thus far is Little Manatee River State Park and my favorite beach area is Honeymoon Island. In Orlando, my favorite natural area is probably Bok Tower Gardens (further from there but needed a mention), and my favorite swimming area (beach or otherwise) in the entire state is probably Kelly Park (natural lazy river) in Apopka.

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