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Sky View Observatory, Seattle

Categories: Observation Decks, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 1,700+ 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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  • First off, you'll get better views here vs. the Space Needle, simple because it is higher up. It really shows off how dynamic of an area Seattle/Washington is: on one end is the ocean, and on the othe...  read more »
  • It was close to our hotel but we thought it was very expensive - just for a view. But we were only there for the day and we didnt regret it. 
  • I already review this with the Columbia center but cannot say enough goo about this place. Much more of a relaxing atmosphere than the Space Needle and better for anyone traveling with the "not so you...  read more »
  • A must go spot when in Seattle! Don't have the spending the money just to go to the observation deck. It is worth spending $10 more per person and having a great meal in their Sky restaurant! Pricey, but a fun celebration!
  • Right time to visit is, clear sky day 20 minutes before dusk so that you can enjoy dusk, sunset and city night view. It depends on what you want to do here. Pro: nice 360 view from 73rd floor, prime location and comparatively cheaper. Cons: most of the people come here to take picture which is waste of time here. It is completely closed glass area. Even if you cover the light shadows and reflections, impressions in the glass is coming. If you are going primarily for photography, pls go to space needle
  • this is my number one to take friends to when they come into town. i typically start with a walking tour of downtown including the market, waterfall park, the library, pioneer square etc and then it all comes together when you take them to the top of the tallest building and point out where you've been all day! it used to be one of the cheapest adventures and surprises in the city but they have remodeled the entire floor and it is kinda spendy now... HOWever, it is amazing. they connected the entire circle so there is a 360 degree view now with great lounging seats, informative graphics telling you about all that you see and a small juice bar so you can buy a snack if you are so desperate 73 floors up! sometimes you can find a groupon to get a discounted ticket or two. you pay at the top entrance so just find the elevators and head straight up, you switch elevators halfway up the building where the highest starbucks exists. now go tourist!
  • Amazing views. Closer to the City of Seattle than the Space Needle and less crowded. Reasonable price and the ticket is valid the whole day, which is good for photographers. A drawback are the reflections of the lighting, but it is controllable. I can strongly recommend this place.
  • We are from Chennai,India. 3 long years back we came to Seattle. This is one place we remember when we think of Seattle. Manned by courteous and helpful people.Wonderful sceneries. Hope to visit soon and we won't miss it. 2 Seniors
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