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.