The Tallest Building in Every State
From modern skyscrapers to historic state capitols, these are the tallest buildings in each of the 50 states across the country.
Alabama: RSA Battle House Tower
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While it’s technically 35 stories of office space, the RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile is actually the equivalent of 41 stories high once you add in the steel and glass pointed cap. Connected to the popular Battle House Hotel, the three-story lobby of the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s building is open to the public.
Alaska: Conoco-Phillips Building
A lot of the skyscrapers dotting the Anchorage skyline were built by oil companies—including the 22-story Conoco-Phillips Building, which houses the headquarters of Alaska’s largest oil producer. You can’t go to the top unless you work there but you can grab a bite to eat at the food court in the glass atrium.
Arizona: Chase Tower
You may no longer be able to travel to the observation deck on the Chase Tower‘s 39th floor (the highest occupied floor of the 40-story building is the 38th), but it’s still a Phoenix icon. And it’s not just tall—it’s wide, too, taking up an entire city block. Psst: Check out these surprising secrets you probably didn’t know about skyscrapers.
Arkansas: Simmons Tower
The Simmons Tower, at 547 feet high (aka 40 stories), has held the title of the tallest building in Arkansas since it was constructed in 1986. Originally called the Capitol Tower, the Little Rock’s building name has changed multiple times as different regional companies and banks have located there, with Simmons Bank being the most recent and current occupant.
California: Wilshire Grand Center
The Wilshire Grand Center isn’t just the tallest skyscraper in California—it’s also the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. Built by Korean Air as a symbol of unity between South Korea and the United States (Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean population outside of Seoul), the 73-story modern building contains the Hotel Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles and plenty of upscale restaurants.
Colorado: Republic Plaza
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (one of the country’s top architectural firms), the 56-story Republic Plaza in Denver has a lot of unique amenities, including a new modern workspace for its tenants which includes shuffleboard courts, lounge areas, and outdoor atriums. If you want to trek to the top, sign up for the American Lung Association’s annual event where you’ll race up all 1,098 steps.
Connecticut: City Place
City Place—which recently underwent a series of design renovations to make it appeal more to millennials and startups—may be Connecticut’s tallest building… but it hasn’t always been. Before the 42-story office tower was built in Hartford in 1980, that honor had been held by nearby Travelers Tower (which is just two meters shorter) since 1919.
Delaware: Chase Manhattan Centre
Chase Manhattan Centre in the heart of Wilmington is so tall that it can be seen all the way from the One Liberty Observation Deck in Philadelphia. But while it may be the highest building at 360 feet, it isn’t the oldest—the skyscraper has only been around since 1988.
Florida: Panorama Tower
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Miami may be a hot destination because of its incredible Cuban cuisine but it’s also the location of Florida’s tallest skyscraper. The Panorama Tower soars at 85 stories high, making it the tallest building south of New York, and it has some of Miami’s most luxurious residences and finest restaurants.
Georgia: Bank of America Plaza
Unfortunately, no part of the Bank of America Plaza building in Atlanta is open to the public. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t admire it from afar! The 1,023-foot skyscraper is the tallest building in any U.S. state capital and looks especially stunning when it’s lit up at night.
Hawaii: First Hawaiian Center
You could easily spend a whole day at the First Hawaiian Center which, at 429 feet, is Hawaii’s tallest building. It houses the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu along with thousands of square feet of parks, food shops, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Idaho: Eighth & Main
What started as “The Hole”—a giant pit in Boise that sat empty for 25 years after a devastating fire—is now Eighth & Main, home to Zions Bank and the state’s tallest building. In its 17 stories, you can find offices, retail shops, restaurants, and even an event room that’s available for the public to rent.
Illinois: Willis Tower
There’s a reason that the observation platform at the 110-story Willis Tower in Chicago is one of the 12 most terrifying: You’ll step out onto the Ledge, which is a glass-bottomed piece that juts dizzyingly out over the city below. If you’re feeling brave, you can purchase Skydeck Chicago tickets for $25 a person.
Indiana: Salesforce Tower
You can’t picture the Indianapolis skyline without the Salesforce Tower, rising up 811 feet with its twin spires. One of the spires is just for decoration while the other is actually a communications antenna. And after checking out the skyscraper, head to nearby Monument Circle for a bite to eat—it made our list of the best picnic spots in every state.
Iowa: 801 Grand
Fun fact: The copper roof on Iowa’s tallest building was supposed to turn green like the Statue of Liberty but because of the Midwest air, it turned a deep brown instead. Now, the 45-story 801 Grand is mostly office space but also is the location of one of Des Moines’s top dining establishments, 801 Chophouse.
Kansas: Epic Center
What is now the 22-story Epic Center was actually supposed to be two Epic Centers (with a shopping mall between them) when it was originally built in 1987 in Wichita. However, officials feared there wouldn’t be enough businesses to fill both towers so they only built one, which is home to a field office of the Secret Service.
Kentucky: 400 West Market
While most buildings as tall as 400 West Market (aka 35 stories) are made of steel, this Louisville skyscraper is made of reinforced concrete. And with its illuminated glass dome, it’s a spectacle to behold, especially from Thanksgiving to New Year’s when it’s lit up in red and green every night.
Louisiana: Hancock Whitney Center
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Formerly One Shell Square, the Hancock Whitney Center towers over New Orleans at 697 feet, which is even taller than Driskill Mountain, Louisiana’s highest peak. However, the office building, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018, is not open to the public for visiting. Fortunately, the most historic landmarks in every state usually are.
Maine: Agora Grand Event Center
Maine’s tallest building is perhaps the most unique in the country—because it’s actually a historic church. The Agora Grand in Lewiston was once St. Patrick’s Church, which was built in 1887 and later renovated to become the stunning wedding venue that it is today. Its highest spire is 220 feet tall.
Maryland: Transamerica Tower
Overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the 40-story Transamerica Tower is an important building in the history of skyscrapers. That’s because it was one of the first to be built using what was then a never-before-seen method of constructing the central elevator column first and then building the rest of the skyscraper floor by floor.
Massachusetts: John Hancock Tower
Not to be confused with the John Hancock Tower in Chicago (which is one of the best bucket list ideas in every state), Boston’s tallest building stands 62 stories. Sometimes just called “The Hancock,” the skyscraper hasn’t been without its share of controversy: it first had to be redesigned so it didn’t cast a shadow on a nearby historical church and later had to be altered when people on upper floors were getting motion sickness from the swaying.
Michigan: Detroit Marriott
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If you’re lucky enough to snag a room at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, you’ll be spending the night in what’s not only Michigan’s tallest building but also one of the tallest hotels in the Western Hemisphere. Its 73 floors are primarily hotel rooms but the base of the building has shops and restaurants you can explore, too.
Minnesota: IDS Center
The observation deck of the 57-story IDS Center in Minneapolis may no longer be open but you can still experience the magic of Minnesota’s tallest building with a trip to the Crystal Court. Inside the sun-lit glass atrium which sits at the base of the skyscraper, you’ll find a bustling food court, shops, and skywalks connecting the other buildings in the complex.
Mississippi: Beau Rivage Casino Hotel
Mississippi meets Las Vegas with the Beau Rivage Casino Hotel, whose name means “beautiful shore” in French and was actually originally supposed to be the name of the Bellagio. At the MGM-owned resort in Biloxi, you can soak up the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico views from one of the 29 floors or try your luck at the slot machines. By the way, the city is pronounced “Buh-LUCK-see,” putting it on par with these difficult to pronounce towns in every state.
Missouri: One Kansas City Place
One Kansas City Place may now be a beloved part of Kansas City, but it wasn’t always that way. The 623-foot building was originally part of a plan to build a whole group of skyscrapers but city residents complained that it would destroy the city’s skyline so only one was constructed.
Montana: First Interstate Center
Built in 1985, the First Interstate Center in Billings rises 272 feet above ground level and has a total of 20 stories, most of which are used for offices. According to the designers, the red-tinted concrete is meant to represent the Rocky Mountains while the blue glass panes represent the vast Montana sky.
Nebraska: First National Bank Tower
You might not be able to take an elevator up to the top of First National Bank Tower (unless you’re an employee, of course) but you can run to the 45th floor. Each year, the building puts on its Trek Up The Tower, where residents race up all 634 feet to raise money for work wellness programs in Omaha.
Nevada: The Palazzo
There are a lot of incredible works of architecture along the Las Vegas strip. But the most impressive (at least in terms of height) is The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort with 53 stories of deluxe accommodations. Combined with its sister The Venetian, The Venetian Resort is also the largest building in the United States, beating out the Pentagon, and the second-largest hotel in the world. Planning your own Sin City vacation? These are the must-see attractions that aren’t casinos.
New Hampshire: City Hall Plaza
Take a look at the Manchester skyline and one building will likely stand out. The tallest in not just New Hampshire but also northernmost New England (aka Maine and Vermont, as well), 275-foot City Hall Plaza is where many local businesses and government agencies reside.
New Jersey: 99 Hudson Street
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With 79 stories featuring breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline from across the Hudson River, 99 Hudson Street in Jersey City has given a new meaning to luxury condos. The state’s tallest building plans to open its doors in late 2019, making it the third-largest condominium in the country.
New Mexico: Albuquerque Plaza
The 22-story Albuquerque Plaza, sitting next to its slightly shorter twin, the 20-story Hyatt Regency, is a prominent feature of New Mexico’s capital. And while it’s height is impressive, so is the upscale office building’s elevators: four of them travel at speeds greater than 1,000 feet per minute, making them the fastest in the state.
New York: One World Trade Center
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There are a lot of fascinating facts about New York City’s One World Trade Center that you didn’t know. Like how of all the skyscrapers in the Big Apple (including the Empire State Building), it’s the tallest at 104 floors high. The center, which was built to replace the twin towers that were demolished in the September 11 attacks, is also the tallest building in the entire Western Hemisphere.
North Carolina: Bank of America Corporate Center
The 60-story skyscraper that towers over Charlotte has been the tallest building in the state since 1992 and is home to the world headquarters of Bank of America. It’s worth a visit for its lobby alone, where you’ll find one of the largest fresco paintings in the world which was done by Ben Long and took over a year to complete.
North Dakota: North Dakota State Capitol
Often referred to as the “Skyscraper on the Prairie,” the state capitol in Bismarck is North Dakota’s tallest building, standing 21 stories high. Built during the Great Depression after the first capitol building burned down, the new building is made of limestone and granite and has an observation deck on the 19th floor for public viewing.
Ohio: Key Tower
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Nothing defines the Cleveland skyline quite like the 57-story Key Tower, with its glistening pyramid top. While the skyscraper itself is not open to tourists (it’s all office space), the state’s tallest building is adjacent to the Marriott at Key Center in the heart of Cleveland’s financial district.
Oklahoma: Devon Energy Center
There isn’t an official observation deck at the 844-foot Devon Energy Center but there is a way the general public can score panoramic views of Oklahoma City: by dining at the restaurant “Vast” on the 49th floor. The skyscraper first opened in early 2012 as part of the city’s redevelopment initiative.
Oregon: Wells Fargo Center
Portland’s Wells Fargo Center, at 40 stories high, is more than just Oregon’s tallest building. For history buffs, its lobby houses the Wells Fargo History Museum which includes an authentic 1854 stagecoach and telegraph machines. And for architecture enthusiasts, the building exterior’s white Italian marble is a sight to behold.
Pennsylvania: Comcast Technology Center
Since opening in the fall of 2018, the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia really stands out at a staggering 1,121 feet. Not only is it the only building in Pennsylvania to break 1,000 feet, but the 60-story skyscraper is also the tallest building outside of New York City and Chicago.
Rhode Island: Industrial National Bank Building
Meet what Providence residents call the Superman Building: a 26-floor skyscraper that’s been vacant since 2013. Named because of its resemblance to the comic’s Daily Planet building, the Industrial National Bank Building, which is nearly a century old, is currently on the list of the most endangered historic places in the United States. You’ll also want to check out these 15 breathtaking places to visit before they disappear.
South Carolina: Capitol Center
With over 400 offices, the 25-story Capitol Center in Columbia is South Carolina’s tallest building. It was originally constructed during the state’s building boom in the 1980s, at which point one gubernatorial candidate actually used the skyscraper as evidence of wasteful spending. However, it’s now home to some of Columbia’s top businesses and state agencies.
South Dakota: CenturyLink Tower
The CenturyLink Tower (the second-smallest of the states’ tallest buildings in the United States) stands at just 174 feet high and 11 stories in Sioux Falls. And although it’s been the tallest building in South Dakota since 2005, it may not hold that title for much longer—a new construction called Village on the River, also in Sioux Falls, is coming in 2020 and expected to be larger.
Tennessee: AT&T Building
One look at the AT&T Building in Nashville and you’ll understand why locals call it the Batman Building. Its resemblance to the superhero’s mask has not only earned it a nod on Tennessee driver’s licenses but it has also landed the 33-story skyscraper on one French newspaper’s list of the 12 most original office buildings in the world.
Texas: JPMorgan Chase Tower
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The 75-story JPMorgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston has a lot of claims to fame: It’s the tallest building in Texas, the 22nd-tallest in the United States, and the tallest five-sided building in the entire world. Unfortunately, however, as of early 2019, the observation deck is no longer open to the public.
Utah: Wells Fargo Center
Using glass panels and salt and pepper granite, the Wells Fargo Center (nee the American Stores Tower) was constructed in Salt Lake City in 1998. Not including the antenna, the building stands 422 feet with 24 stories of both Wells Fargo corporate offices and other regional businesses and law firms.
Vermont: Decker Towers
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Even though it’s only 11 stories high, Burlington’s Decker Towers is still taller than any other building in Vermont. However, its small stature makes it the shortest of all the tallest buildings across the 50 states. Since opening in the 1970s, Decker Towers has served as an apartment complex for seniors and people with disabilities.
Virginia: Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
Up until 2007, the James Monroe Building Richmond was Virginia’s tallest building. But then, the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center was completed. The bottom half of the 38 stories are the four-star Westin hotel while the upper half is upscale residential condominiums.
Washington: Columbia Center
If you’re looking for the best spot to see all of Seattle (including the gorgeous ocean and mountains of the Pacific Northwest), look no further than the Sky View Observatory. Located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, tickets to the observation deck, which also has a cafe and souvenir shop, are $20 a person.
West Virginia: West Virginia State Capitol
West Virginia’s tallest building isn’t a skyscraper but rather the historic state capitol building in Charleston, built out of sparkling limestone and nine different types of marble. The gorgeous gold dome, which stands at 292 feet thanks to the eagle-topped spire, is just over four feet taller than the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C., too. It’s not, however, the oldest tourist attraction in the state.
Wisconsin: U.S. Bank Center, Milwaukee
Yes, the observation deck offers stunning views of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, but that’s not even the coolest thing about the 41st floor of the U.S. Bank Center. Since 1987, over 60 peregrine falcons have been hatched from the hacking box installed at the top of the building in an attempt to restore the population of the nearly endangered birds.
Wyoming: Wyoming Financial Center
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Wyoming is more known for its rodeos and wilderness than it is for its skyscrapers and cities. That’s why the state’s tallest building isn’t quite so tall compared to those in other places. The Wyoming Financial Center, which was built in 1990, is just 11 stories high. Now, find the most impressive library in every state.