Sky View Observatory / Columbia Center, Seattle

Sky View Observatory / Columbia Center, Seattle (must see)

The tallest building in Downtown Seattle and the state of Washington, Columbia Center is a worthwhile destination for high-rise and skyscraper enthusiasts, and/or visitors eager to take in panoramic views of the city and its surroundings from the observation deck. No time-slot needed – just ride up the express elevator and get off at the 73rd floor!

Martin Selig, the Center's developer, said of the building, "...the Space Needle told people where Seattle was, the Columbia Center tells people that Seattle has arrived." Indeed, from this privileged viewpoint, not only can you look down to and see way over the Space Needle, but the lookout space is clean and surprisingly not crowded, inviting visitors to stay for as long as they want. There's also a bar/cafe up there so you can sit and enjoy a nice drink, or even walk around with it.

Why You Should Visit:
Cheaper and taller than the Space Needle, with the Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor providing a 360-degree panoramic view of Downtown Seattle and surrounding areas. Stunning views include: Mt. Baker, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Rainier, Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and, of course, the City of Seattle.

Tip:
Preferably, visit on a clear day when you can see long distances. If you get your hand stamped during a daytime visit, you can come back at night for free and see Seattle all lit up.

Opening Hours:
[Spring: Apr 1–May 1] Daily: 12–8pm (Mar 8-31); 11am–8pm;
[Summer: May 2–Sep 7] Mon-Wed: 12–10pm; Thu-Sun: 10am–10pm;
[Fall: Sep 8–Oct 2] Daily: 11am–8pm;
[Winter: Oct 3–Mar 31] Daily: 11am–7pm

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Sight Name: Sky View Observatory / Columbia Center
Sight Location: Seattle, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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