Top 5 amazing underground cities in America

Underground cities in USA


An underground city is a network of tunnels that connect buildings, most commonly in the downtown of a city. They might include office blocks, train and metro stations, shopping malls and a lot of other attractions.

I now that everyone has heard tales about people that live in abandoned caves or tunnels, and there are not only tales. A lot of poor people live in abandoned places without home, but I shall not go far from my topic for today. My topic was to present you some amazing underground cities in U.S. of America that are worth visiting. Some of these are called underground wonders of America, but I leave the judgments to you whether they deserve to be named so or not.

Portland – Shanghai Tunnels

Portland – Shanghai Tunnels

Portland – Shanghai Tunnels

Portland, as one of the largest cities on the West Coast of the United States, has a huge network of underground tunnels, businesses and former homes. The tunnels are located beneath Chinatown where were used to transport goods and people, and because of that they have earned the nickname “Shanghai Tunnels”. Because of bad talks for Portland, such as kidnapping men for forced labour aboard ships, this giant underground city gained notoriety as the worst place on the West Coast of U.S. the Shanghai Tunnels is also known as the Forbidden City and is believed to have been used for lots of illegal activities.

Oklahoma – The Underground

Oklahoma - The Underground

Oklahoma – The Underground

The Metro Conncourse is an underground tunnel system located under Oklahoma City and connects almost all downtown buildings in a 20 square-block area. It is one of the most extensive all-enclosed pedestrian systems in America, extending three-quarters of a mile and connecting over 30 downtown buildings by skyway or tunnel. The original Conncourse was built in 1931, but the whole system was extended in the 70s. In 2006, the city was renamed the Underground after the second extending. The architect Rand Elliott has turned the Underground into a “walk-in work of art”.

New York – Empire State Plaza

New York - Empire State Plaza

New York – Empire State Plaza

New York has one of the biggest underground cities in America named Empire State Plaza that connects several government buildings to the Egg, the Corning Tower, the NY state Library, the NY State Museum, many judicial offices and others. The city that dates from 1960s contains banks, restaurants, retailers, food courts, a police station, a bus station and a Visitor’s Center. The Empire State Plaza features works from the NY School of abstract modern art from the 60s and 70s and the Art Collection consists of 92 large-scale paintings, tapestries and sculptures at various locations along the main corridor.

Idaho – Capital Mall Complex

Idaho - Capital Mall Complex

Idaho – Capital Mall Complex

Idaho’s Capital Mall Complex is located in the downtown of Boise, consisted of a large system of networked tunnels that connect all the state buildings. This underground city boasts a banking system, parking, a geothermal power plant, extensive dining areas, a dedicated mail room for the Capita Mall Complex and a fallout shelter. The Capital Mall Complex’ main hall is decorated with works of art from local artists and this collection has a limited access. Local people tell stories that the Capital Mall Complex might be connected to the original Chinese underground tunnels that were used so Chinese immigrants could move goods to buildings, travel after curfew and smuggle opium, but there is no evidence to prove these rumors as true.

Atlanta – Underground

Atlanta - Underground

Atlanta – Underground

Atlanta, Georgia’s “Underground” actually represents the original surface level of downtown Atlanta. Atlanta’s present streets are in fact raised roadways that were built in the 1920s. There is a shopping center called “Underground Atlanta” that covers six city blocks and there is many retail shopping and restaurants. It started with work in 1968 and re-opened in 1989 after a financially forced closure.

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Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.