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Sky View Observatory, Seattle

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Observation Deck Architectural Building
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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  • We bring guests here because it is much less expensive than the Space Needle and actually much higher. The food is fun, you can sit and have a beer or two. It isn't crowded, the views are outstanding!  more »
  • I love anything with heights, so we did this and the Space Needle. This was great. No lines like the Space Needle. It has a huge space with no crowds. There are seats, so we just enjoyed some down tim...  more »
  • Better to see Needle & rest of Seattle from here than to pay more and be IN the needle, after trolling for parking for 45 minutes and standing in lines forever. No lines here, cheaper, parking garage ...  more »
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  • We attended a Hoiday party at the Sky View Observatory for my husband's company. While moving to the side of the hallway to make room for the caterers, I brushed up against an uncovered light switch and ripped my dress sleeve. There was a sharp rod of metal just sticking straight out. The protective covering of the light switch was completely missing. It ruined my $150 dress on the first wear and was highly embarrassing walking around that way for the rest of the evening. Luckily it was a $150 little black dress and not a multi thousand dollar wedding gown!! I tried contacting the manager, as did my husband's office. It's been months now and I've yet to receive an apology or a refund for my dress. Pretty disappointing considering how much the company spent to host their party here. +1 star for the amazing view -4 stars for the disappointing experience and lack of customer service!!
  • Found out about this hidden gem through my partner's workmates. Not hugely advertised, which means few people and a nice quiet viewing area. Fantastic value for money, and substantially cheaper than the Space Needle (with arguably a much better view!). Would 100% recommend to all Seattle visitors.
  • The view is amazing from up here. We stayed to watch the sunset which was really pretty. It felt nice and peaceful being up here as there was not many people. There are places to sit which is good and it has interesting information on the walls. I loved being up this high in the building and seeing the view of the sunset and city.
  • Don't get me wrong, being in the tallest building located in Seattle was a pretty cool experience. However it was $14 to enter [plus additional $15ish for parking] which covered using the 2 separate elevators [72 (?) floors in total] and walk around inside the observation floor that had windows. You couldn't go outside, and you couldn't really talk because people seemed to get irate when talking with your friends. Granted it was cool to see Seattle from such a high vantage point, but honestly not really worth it.
  • One of my favorite spots in the PNW. The view is breathtaking regardless of the weather, and there are many visual guides scattered around the observatory that help identify what you're looking at, including history tidbits and diagrams of visible mountains. This place is very special, because when you finally get through the door, it is very, very quiet. The view seems to instill a sense of awe that leaves visitors hushed. For myself, this was the last place I spent some precious time with my mother before she passed, so visiting the Sky View will always leave a poignant impression. A beautiful and peaceful place.

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Famous for its architecture, Seattle's downtown area features a range of lodging options, including high-end hotels offering expensive rooms with views over Elliott Bay. Remember that despite their prices, many hotels in this waterfront district provide rather small rooms. If you need more space but don't want to break the bank, head out of downtown to some of the city's outlying neighborhoods. Seattle's diverse suburbs offer affordable bed and breakfasts, providing you with all the comforts of home and allowing you to see what local life is really like.
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