Sky View Observatory, Seattle

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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  • If you want to see the city of Seattle and it’s beauty from above, you can also see the mountains that surround Seattle, breathtaking view from the highest building in the city! Go around sunset...  more »
  • So many great Seattle tourist attractions have had to temporarily close, so it was great to view Seattle from the 73rd floor of the Columbia Tower and watch snow falling, while enjoying the St...  more »
  • Sky View Observatory has an amazing view of Seattle, a complete 360 degree view and from 73 floors above to be exact. Nothing is obstructed since it is located in the tallest building in downtown, Seattle. We have been here several times and everyone we've spoken to is very friendly and knowledgeable. And if they aren't, they find the right people who can help you. They throw some really great events that I would highly recommend checking out such as Pride events, 4th of July, yoga, Sunset experiences, etc. The events get pretty busy and packed but if you go on any regular day, the views are breathtaking and it's rather tranquil. They also have fun games like Connect Four if you just want to sit and take in the views. Regardless, definitely a place to check out with the whole family or a perfect place for date night!
  • Twice as tall and half the cost of the Space Needle. Plus: a 360-view of the city and bay from the center of the action; great food at "down to earth" prices; view-rooms to hang out and play supplied games for as long as you want; explanations of the landmarks you're looking at painted on the interior walls; optional photos of your group with Bigfoot; and a fast, dedicated large bank of elevators that eliminates lines. Also, the Needle is nicer to look at than sit atop. One caveat: parking. As with most of the rest of downtown Seattle, a visitor can spend hours looking for street parking, park blocks away for an exorbitant price, or try to park in the heart of the action for an insanely expensive price and probably be turned down because the lot is full. Cities like this have merely to look to Provo, Utah to see how plentiful free parking turns a dying city center into a vibrant communal destination.

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