Before the advent of the skyscraper -- and professional sports -- cities didn't have much of a visible identity. That all changed when somebody figured out how to put land in the sky, towns sprouted upward, and symbolic profiles of each metropolis were born. And soon after that, Americans started arguing about which one was best. Because that's what Americans do.
And since we like a good argument as much as the next guy, we examined pictures of a ridiculous number of US skylines (we even looked at Hartford!) and then ranked the top 20 based on aesthetics, recognizable buildings, and the natural beauty that surrounds them.