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Sky View Observatory, Seattle

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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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  • We loved the Sky View Observatory and we didn't have the crowds as the needle. It was clear enough to get a view of Mt Rainer and the sun going down. 
    We loved the Sky View Observatory and we didn't have the crowds as the needle. It was clear enough to get a view of Mt Rainer and the sun going down.  more »
  • This is well worth the time and money for a 360-degree view of the expanse below. You can look DOWN at the Smith Tower (42 stories) from 73 floors. 
    This is well worth the time and money for a 360-degree view of the expanse below. You can look DOWN at the Smith Tower (42 stories) from 73 floors.  more »
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  • This is probably my favorite spot in Seattle - being the tallest observation point in the Pacific Northwest, I absolutely love it. On a clear day you can see 3 volcanoes, 2 mountain ranges, the ocean, and a large lake. The view is better than the Space Needle's, though is mainly known by locals. 10/10 would recommend for family visiting, a date, or going out with friends/colleagues. The seasonal drinks are also great, and the staff is quite kind. Coming during sunset is the best - the landscape for dozens of miles is just painted in orange/red.
  • Great view of Seattle and the whole region. The point of view is completely different than the one from the Space Needle. It is also higher and cheaper. It had less people than the needle, offering a more quiet experience. We were lucky to have a completely clear day, allowing us to see all three national parks from there. The building has a food court at it's base if needed. The observatory offers a bar.

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