10 Spectacular U.S. Cities at Night

By Nabewise

10 Spectacular U.S. Cities at Night
America's cities are beautiful by day, but the view becomes spectacular and romantic by night.

Las Vegas, Nevada (Hotel and casino, Paris Las Vegas)

Las Vegas, located in Nevada, was incorporated as a city in1911. It is known worldwide as a resort city for international and domestic tourists. It is one of the United States most populous city. In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population to be 603,093. Shopping, gambling and entertainment are just a few contributors that gave Las Vegas the nickname, “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Sometimes it is called by another nickname, “Sin City,” because of its adult entertainment.

Most of its casinos (its main attractions) are on the Las Vegas Strip. Casino-Paris, seen above, is one of Las Vegas popular hotel casino.

Downtown Long Beach, California

Long Beach, located in southern California, was named and incorporated as a city in 1888. It was originally inhabited by indigenous groups of people. The Tongva group was the dominant group, until the Spanish explorers arrived in the sixteenth-century. All groups gradually disappeared due to politics, land grants, granted by King Carlos lll, and death from disease that they contracted from the European explorers. In 1834 a portion of land, Rancho Los Cerritos, was purchased from the Spanish, by a Yankee named Jonathan Temple.

Temple built a ranch known as the Los Cerritos Ranch House, which is now a National Historic Landmark. It is said that Temple and the ranch had significant roles in the Mexican-American War. With an estimated population, in 2008, of 492,682, Long Beach has grown to be the fifth largest city in California. It also owns one of the world’s largest shipping port.

The Chicago River at Night

Chicago, located in the state of Illinois, was founded in 1833 and incorporated in 1837, it is the largest city in the state of Illinois. It is also the our country’s third most populated city. Three combine states, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, make up The Chicago metropolitan area. The combined population is estimated to be over 9.5 million people.

The second busies airport, O’Hara international is located in the “Windy City,” one of the nicknames given to the city because of its climate. “City of Big Shoulders,” is another nickname given to the city, referring to the strong shoulders of working men in the earlier industries.

The Chicago River at Night (Picture 2)

Chicago,in 1871, experienced one of the United State's largest disasters of the nineteenth-century. “The Great Chicago Fire,” burned from Sunday to Tuesday, destroying a large portion of the city. Rebuilding the city got underway very quickly. During the continual construction, in 1885 the first skyscraper was built using steel-skeleton frames.

The World’s Fair, in 1893 and gangsters, particularly Al Capone brought more notoriety to Chicago.

Detroit Skyline

Detroit, located in the state of Michigan, was founded in 1701 by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac and fifty-one other French Canadians. It was name after the Detroit River and is the a major port city in the U.S.. Because it lies north of Windsor, Ontario it is the only city in the United States that looks south to Canada.

Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan, and is known worldwide for its automobile and music industries. Both industries contributed to the nicknames rendered to this city. “The Motor City,” was given to Detroit because of the booming automobile industry, which is now undergoing a major reconstruction, and “Motown.” was given to it because of the booming music industry.

The Motown Record Company’s original name was Tamla Records, founded by Mr. Barry Gordy Jr. in April, 1960. Mr. Gordy sold the company in 1988 to MCA and Boston Ventures

Cincinnati Skyline

Cincinnati, located in the state of Ohio, has a population of 332,458, which makes it the state's third largest city. Because the Europeans had very little influence on its establishment, it is sometime called “America’s first pure city.” Cincinnati is the home of two major sports teams, the Cincinnati Bengals, a Professional Football team, and the Cincinnati Reds, a Major Baseball team.

Denver at Night

Denver, is located in the state of Colorado, and is the state's capital. It is the most populated city in the state. Its population in 2008, according to the United States Census Bureau, was approximately 598,707.

Denver’s central business district, located downtown, is said to be the tenth largest in the United States, and has 34 buildings reaching over 300ft. The tallest building in downtown Denver, is the 56-story Republic Plaza, which rises to 714ft. It is the ninety-ninth tallest building in the United States, and is the tallest building in the entire state of Colorado

San Francisco

San Francisco, located in the state of California, was claimed by Spain in the early sixteenth-century. In 1776, the Golden Gate fort and Mission Francis of Assisi was established by the Spanish. In the eighteenth-hundreds, San Francisco began its rapid growth, especially in 1848, during the California Gold Rush.

At that time San Francisco became the largest city on the West Coast. However, it suffered a devastating lost due to the 1906 earthquake and fire, but quickly rebuilt. Today, San Francisco is one of the most populated city in California. In 2008 its population was 808,976. It is known worldwide as a popular destination for tourist.

Some of its major attractions are, its steep rolling hills, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, its chilly summer fog, cable cars, and its mix architectural buildings of modern and Victorian styles.

Waikiki Beach at Sunset

Waikiki (means spouting fresh water), is located in Hawaii in the city and county of Honolulu. In the 1800s Waikiki area was the royal retreat for the rich Hawaiians. In the early 1920s and 1930s, Waikiki Beach suffered from serious sand erosion. To combat the problem, sand was shipped from Manhattan Beach, California until the1970s.

Today, on Waikiki Beach, there are many hosted events, such as surf competitions, hula dancing, and outrigger canoe races. There are also many hotels, such as the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Sheraton Waikiki, and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, for tourists to choose from.

Portland, Oregon (he Williamette River)

Portland, located in the state of Oregon, is known as the “The City of Roses,” because the weather is said to perfect for growing roses. However, it was originally called the “The Clearing,” which was located along the Willamette River. William Overton partnered with Asa Lovejoy, when he saw a commercial potential for the 640 acre “clearing.” Overton, later sold his half of the land to Francis W. Pettygrove. Both men want to name the town.

The dispute was settled with the toss of a penny, Pettygrove won the toss. The Oregon Historical Society, displays that very coin, known as the Portland Penny, at it headquarters. Today, Portland is Oregon’s thirtieth most populated city. As of 2008, its population was estimated to be 575,930. Tourists can attend, if they wish, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, the HP Lovecraft Film Festival, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the Portland International Beerfest, just to name a fewer. Portland’s tourists will never be bored.

Comments (27)

#1 by Karen Gross, Jun 10,
Beautiful pictures! Great article – makes me want to visit.

#2 by Mr Ghaz, Jun 10,
Excellent post!!..this really fascinating and wonderful places..Nice pic too..I really enjoyed it..Thanx for sharing.

#3 by jewelsofmine, Jun 10,
Just beautiful!

#4 by Kate Smedley, Jun 10,
What a wonderful article, these all look stunning, I've only seen Chicago out of these. Breathtaking photos, thank you for sharing.

#5 by clafleur, Jun 10, you jus made me realize, i need a vacation

#6 by maranatha, Jun 10,
Mmmmm, Denver is calling…. Nicely put together.

#7 by clay hurtubise, Jun 10,
Great shots and interesting piece.

#8 by moteintheeye, Jun 11,
great shots, i did notice that most of them have water shots though


#9 by amilia snow, Jun 11,
i would love to go to these places, my favourite photo was the Detriot skyline

#10 by Anne Lyken Garner, Jun 11,
A great article with superb pictures. Fine job!

#11 by writing4angels, Jun 11,
that was a very interesting article. Though, among all I like Chicago.

#12 by OhSugar, Jun 11,
I deem myself blessed to have such fine friends. Thank you all for commenting.

#13 by Aaron Paul Hicks, Jun 11,
Another great read and great photos, i was looking at pics of new york the other day and i really miss not seeing the twin towers in the gorgeous sky line, very sad :-(,
but on a happier note – thankyou,
best wishes,
Aaron 🙂

#14 by OhSugar, Jun 11,
Thank you all for your support. As someone wrote to me this afternoon,supporting each is what it is all about. And, I might add, making a little change can't hurt.

#15 by Annie Hintsala, Jun 11,
Lovely article! However, in justice to my beautiful state, I have to add Kansas City to the list. When the plaza lights are lit on Thanksgiving getting ready for the winter holidays…oh, sugar, that is lovely. Even though half of it is in Missouri :p

#16 by rajeev bhargava, Jun 12,
An awesome article, beautifully scripted. I really love the photographs. Now I know where the famous saying comes from: “The city comes alive at night.” It's a visual feast! I also love the way the lights eflect onto the river. Superb!

#17 by Carolyn Ann Aish, Jun 12,
Incredible! I can not go to these places physically at nights, but you have taken me there — here!! Thanks for that!! Well done!!

#18 by John McDonnell, Jun 12,
Wow, these are amazing pictures. I love cities at night when you're in an airplane and looking down at all the lights. Thank you for some great pics!

#19 by Ruby Hawk, Jun 12,
These cities are so beautiful with all the lights glowing against the dark. Would love to see them in person.

#20 by Eunice Tan, Jun 12,
Las Vegas seems like Eiffel Paris. Amazing

#21 by sonnenblumen, Jun 13,
Wow they are very beautiful ever.
I never been to America before, I really enjoy all your Pictures and news above..really perfect view.
wish that I can fly to Nevada….
thanks for sharing…

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#26 by Monica Sappleton, Jun 18,
Excellent research and a well written article. Thanks for the beautiful pics.

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Awesome places and such beautiful shots.