Sky View Observatory, Seattle

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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 app to arrange your visit to Sky View Observatory and other attractions in Seattle.
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  • Loved seeing Seattle from here. Got here close to dusk so got to see Seattle light up. Stayed here for hours gazing the 360 degrees views. A must see attraction.  more »
  • We went just before sunset and stayed until afterwards, which was the perfect time of the day to go. The views were spectacular and the structure of the windows and layout of the observatory were grea...  more »
  • In the heart of downtown, offers a great view of the waterfront, spaceneedle and so much more. Also great views from the Starbucks some 30+ floors below !!  more »
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  • This is SO AWESOME! It’s the best observatory in Seattle because you can see so much more than the Space Needle! Plus, you can include the Space Needle in your photos! They also allow you to come and go on the same day within their open hours. They also have plenty of places to sit and relax or read a book. That’s what I did! I went before sunset so that I could get a wide range of photos. Then, I sat in a comfy chair and enjoyed my book as the sun set on the city and it was dark enough to take nighttime skyline photos. It was wonderful! My favorite part was that it wasn’t crowded at all. THE BEST 😍💜🎉
  • We Parked at a parking lot next door and went up to a door that guided us to the observation deck entrance on the other side of the building which was helpful. Once inside, the lobby is dedicated to the just the observation deck, so no office workers are walking through. We paid at the counter, and found this place to be cheaper than the Space Needle. We then went up one elevator, got off one floor, this floor had a Starbucks on it which was a nice surprise. We then took a second elevator to the observation deck. After Getting Stamped on the hand we were greeted with the best view of Seattle in my opinion. It was cloudy on the horizon so we couldn’t see Mt. Rainier in the distance. But the View of the Skyline, Waterfront, Puget Sound, and the surrounding area were indescribable. There was also a small restaurant where we got drinks, and a gift shop with a few souvenirs. And Since this place isn’t as well known as the Space Needle, there weren’t a lot of people up there. If you are in Seattle you must visit this place, it’s a hidden gem not everybody knows about.
  • Breathtaking view of the city!!! So glad we went to the Space Needle, but this is better! And way more chill and affordable. Great views, the sunset this time of year on the mountains was so nice, the colors of the city really shined! Needs more than 5 stars!
  • We waited zero minute in line to visit this viewing level. It had comfortable seating and a 360 view you could walk around at your own pace. It's a hidden gem. I went when the elevators of the needle were being worked on so it was closed for a few days - glad I didn't have a choice as this was clearly the best view and way to capture the needle itself in photos. Skip the needle if crowded and take an lyft here for the view
  • Great place to visit and see Seattle. You walk in and get tickets from the lobby then follow and elevator to the 49th floor then another elevator up to the 73rd floor. Very big open space at the top. Went around 5pm on a Sunday and was not crowded at all. There are seats and high chairs you can sit on, and around the deck there are nice facts of Seattle. While it was a beautiful night view, the reflections and lights inside the space took some of the magic from pictures and observations. Would recommend going a tad bit earlier but it is worth it anytime!
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