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Sky View Observatory

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Nice view of Seattle

Kind of feels like you’re visiting an office with a nice view - there is no cafe/ restaurant/ bar... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Victoria L
Sydney, Australia
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The best view of Seattle and beyond!

This has to be the best view of Seattle hands down. Sure the view from the Space Needle is pretty... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ana N
San Diego, California
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700 4th Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104-7097
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 June 2011

Visited early June, and this offered the best view of Seattle, par none. Very well worth the small price, which was $3 for my wife and I (anyone over 60). Very easy parking downtown that afternoon. Be careful, though, as they don't tell you that...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2011

We recently took our kids to Seattle enroute to Oregon Coast. Read trip advisor to see what everyone suggested to see and do while popping through Seattle. The Bank of America Tower visit was #1. We went there and had to pay about $10 to...More

9  Thank bference
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Kind of feels like you’re visiting an office with a nice view - there is no cafe/ restaurant/ bar. Beautiful panoramic views of the Space Needle and Seattle. I believe you get a ticket to re-enter at a later time (same day), which may be...More

1  Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's cool to say you were at the highest viewpoint in the North west for sure, and the view is impressive. But it's just the view; currently there aren't any restaurants or bars up there (although one in the making) and feels pretty corporate. You...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has to be the best view of Seattle hands down. Sure the view from the Space Needle is pretty cool, but from this building you get a really nice view of the Needle itself. You also get to see the beautiful mountain ranges around...More

1  Thank Ana N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As anyone who knows me is aware, I have a major conflict in my life, I'm terrified of heights, but I love great views, and this was the perfect place for that conflict.. so yes, rather frightening, but thanks to that gorgeous view, absolutely worth...More

Thank thetompsons57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So glad I read the reviews on TripAdvisor and decided to check this place out for myself. The views from the 73rd floor are stunning and, I hate to say this, much nicer than the Space Needle. Even better, there was hardly anyone up there...More

1  Thank twisteddiva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first trip to Seattle so, like most others, I planned to go to the Space Needle. Fortunately, I got the great advice to visit the Sky View Observatory in Columbia Center instead, as it is now the tallest building in Seattle. The...More

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the tour guides recommended visiting this place. There was a short line to ride the elevator to the top. Once there you have some great views of Seattle, plus you can get a nice picture of the Space Needle.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place gives the best view from the 73rd floor quiet place and peaceful.Also enjoyed the drink during the view.

Thank perrythomas034
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Much cheaper and higher than the Space Needle. An all around view of the Seattle. Best at night! A little history displayed, bar for all sorts of drinks, bathroom and seating areas. Great for children, couples, and singles. Located in Columbia Building

2  Thank andrealara1212
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Excellent views from the 73rd floor, very quiet, plenty of room to linger and photograph the views, and much cheaper than the space needle (which had restricted views, with no discount) when we visited.

Thank Nigel H
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22 October 2018|
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Response from SkyViewObservatory | Property representative |
Yes, we're happy to change the date on the tickets within 12 months of the original purchase. Your friends will also need to contact us before the date on the ticket--so when you're buying their tickets, we recommend... More
6 August 2018|
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Response from Dawn W |
Hi there! I work box office there, so I wanted to let you know that starting on 9/4/2018, we will be closing at 8pm instead of the summer closing time of 10pm. Because the last elevator goes up one hour before closing, this... More
8 July 2018|
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Response from 273kevinf | Reviewed this property |
It was a standard ticket but it might have been the time of year, mid-June that we were there. At that time, you could only purchase in person, online purchase was not yet available. I’m guessing with the lower tourist... More