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Sky View Observatory, Seattle

(4.7/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
Sky View Observatory takes you to the 73rd floor of Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center, and provides 360-degree views across the city. The observation deck takes you to a height of 275 m (902 ft), offering panoramic views of distant mountains and the vast city below. You’ll enjoy great views no matter what time of day, although clear days provide the best conditions, and sunset is renowned as one of the best times to visit. Use our Seattle trip itinerary maker to visit Sky View Observatory on your trip to Seattle, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • What a view. If you are a photographer, this is a great place to get some shots of the city. Two recommendations if that is the reason for your visit, the reflections in the windows do tend to cause s...  more »
  • From this observatory you get the best view of Seattle and surrounding areas and could very well be Seattle's best kept secret. We visited the observatory a day after the more famous Space Needle and ...  more »
  • When I came up here it was cloudy and a bit rainy and then got covered the city.... it was beautiful to watch the fog taking over but frustrating to not see a thing anymore.... Gorgeous view and total...  more »
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  • My favourite place in the city, have been here all times I came to Seattle (pretty much). The view is amazing! On a clear day you can see mount rainier and all other mountains nearby!!! It takes a few minutes to get up to the 73rd floor (never seen this place busy but never went in busy times either), and is a reasonable price: 14usd for adults and 9 for students.
  • Forget the Space Needle and head up to the Sky View Observatory instead! For a start it's cheaper at $15 a pop (and your ticket is good all day), it's higher than the Space Needle at 73 floors up and it's much less busy than the Space Needle too. On a clear day, the views are spectacular and of course, you can look down upon the Space Needle and see as far as Mt Rainier! The observatory itself if very tastefully arranged, with lots of comfy seating, lots of engaging infographics and a neat, little bar that serves snacks and drinks so you can have a drink with a view. This was definitely one of our Seattle highlights.
  • This is a nice place for great views of Seattle. Your ticket is good all day. I recommend going in the morning for sun rise pics then returning for sun set and late evenings with a tripod and try long exposure shots. I manage to find spots where I could wedge my camera between a wall beam and hold steady enough for these pics.
  • My favorite place by far. I came here with the love my life one time. Beautiful place to see gorgeous sunsets and its very cool to see nightlife below. It is definitely less touristy than the space needle and is a bit higher. Bring a camera definitely.
  • Stunning view in every direction over the city. Not as overpriced as the Space Needle and less crowds. Really enjoyed the views and would recommend a visit here instead of the Space Needle. Finding your way to the Observatory can be bit of a hassle as you have to use several different elevators. We stopped at the Starbucks on 42nd floor on our way down, the view from there is ok but not nearly as good as from the observatory deck.