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Smith Tower, Seattle

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Explore the rich history and unique ecology of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region at Smith Tower. The national park encompasses Chalmette Battlefield, site of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, as well as a 9,307 hectare (23,000 acre) wetland preserve, an Acadian culture center, and more. Head to Chalmette to tour the battlefield and learn more about the battle's influence on United States history, then stop by the Barataria Preserve to walk above the bayous via boardwalks and trails (call ahead to reserve your place on the walking tour). Learn more about the Cajun people who originally settled the area at the cultural center, where entrance is free. Check the website for more information and details regarding the other points of interest within the park. Smith Tower is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Seattle Edition.
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  • We did the tour, which was very fun and cool then finished with a drink at the top. The view from the bar is incredible with a 360 degree observatory deck. It was a little pricey but worth the money.  more »
  • We loved this observatory. It provided lots of things that kept everyone entertained, from the 86 year old grandfather to the 4-yr old. The original Otis elevator and the operator were fun and worth t...  more »
  • Wonderful tour/view/bar. This is definitely worth the $19.00 fee per person! Really one of the highlights of our trip -we have wanted to do this during many of our previous Seattle trips, but never di...  more »
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  • This is a nice place to go for an interesting night out. Though you'll end up spending about $100 all things included for two people. There's parking across the street in two lots, so you'll pay for that. Then you have to pay for access to the upper floors. Then of course your food and drinks. That said, it's real nice up top. It's almost like enjoying a secret bar in a speakeasy or something. You can look out over the city. The drinks were very tasty. The food, while good, was a bit slow. Might have been short-staffed that night from the looks of things though. The menu is small, but reasonable diverse enough for everyone to fine something. The best description is sophisticated, upscale bar food. If you haven't been here and want to try something different, give this place a look.
  • Great view of Seattle. Nice bar. Lovely old style elevators with friendly (and funny at times) operators to whisk you to the top. Think of this as the non-touristy space Needle, certainly worth visiting more than once, and somewhere you can travel back in time to experience some of Seattle's history. After all, this was the tallest building in the US for a period of time if I recall facts correctly.
  • Beautiful views of the city from the observation deck of the Smith Tower. One can walk around the outside of the top floor , but don't worry, there are bars to keep you safe. Those interested in history will enjoy all the old pictures and tidbits scattered throughout the building. There is a bar in the observation deck area and I believe they serve food as well.
  • Love the bar at the top - great cocktails and appetizers. Nice views and really unique interior design. A bit pricey but not bad considering the location/tourist attraction aspect.
  • Spectacular view. Obviously. I loved the history facts at the bar. The drinks were really great too! Our server was really sweet too. I wish I tried more from the menu. We only had the potstickers. They were great! I went at night and it was a clear day. I am definitely going again during the day

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