The Best Skyline in the World

Shanghai, New York, Tokyo? They're good, but Dallas has the prettiest skyline.

Shanghai, Rio, New York, Tokyo—these cities have nothing on Dallas when it comes to skylines. A 2014 poll by USA Today named Dallas' view the best in the world, and with landmarks such as the glittery sphere of Reunion Tower, the green lights lining the Bank of America Plaza and the ever-changing light display of Omni Dallas Hotel, it's not hard to see why.

Unsurprisingly, the popularity of the TV show "Dallas" influenced voters.

"Dallas became initially identifiable by the opening credits of an infamous '80s TV show," says Dallas architect Preston Kissman. "The contemporary Dallas skyline tells a story of big banking, big oil, big money and the occasional big bust."

Another Dallas architect, James Adams, adds, "Dallas has continued to stay flashy. Controversially, it has done this not with the height or style of its newest architecture, but rather through an internal race to adorn its existing and new icons with colorful interactive lighting that cannot be ignored."