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Sky View Observatory, Seattle

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Observation Deck
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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TripAdvisor
  • Visited the Sky View Observatory while waiting for our reservations at the restaurant. It was not overly crowded and of course, the views were amazing. Easy in and out procedure.  more »
  • I read about this on trip advisor and I was specifically looking for a view with the space needle in it and not from it, so going up the space needle really didn't feel like it would be worth the pric...  more »
  • This observatory does not allow you to see very much. We went in the afternoon and could have returned in the evening but were not in the area. I am sure that the sunset is beautiful on a clear day.  more »
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  • 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.
  • What's not to like? Even on a cloudy and rainy day, the views were awesome. We went in the middle of the day on a Thursday and it was the opposite of crowded. Amazing views.
  • Amazing 360 degree views of Seattle and the Puget Sound. On a clear day you can see Mt Rainier. Cheaper and easier to get into than the Space Needle. No queues. Solid WiFi. Beer. Food. What more do you want?