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Columbia Center Sky View Observatory

701 Fifth Ave, Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
206-386-5564
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Ranked #6 of 213 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We loved the views from the 75th floor, AMAZING! Stop at 40th floor for a Starbucks tea/coffee before to you head up top.

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Fresno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

If you want a view of Seattle, don't waste your money at the Space Needle. Simply put, the Columbia Tower is cheaper and has a better view. Space Needle = $19, 605 feet Columbia Tower = $13, 933 feet You can see the little Space Needle from your perch above while you're in the Columbia Tower. Check out the library... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My dad has been wanting to see the Space Needle, but my sister and I took him to the Columbia Building and I'm glad we went. The building had easy access, and the elevators to the Skyview are so smooth. The attendants were friendly and the view was definitely worth it. Windows cover a 360 degree view of the area:... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Hundreds of feet higher than the Space Needle. Cheaper admissions and not crowded at all. We spent a good hour up here admiring the views and taking many quality photos through super clean glass windows.

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Hoover, AL
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful views of Seattle from the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory! However, if you have been up in any of the other tall buildings in the U.S., ie. Sears Tower, John Hancock, Empire State Building, you won't get that first time thrill but the views are amazing.

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Naples, Florida
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We were very fortunate that our day in Seattle was clear and sunny. So, this was absolutely the place to visit. The views of Seattle and its surroundings were wonderful. And yes, we could see Mt. Ranier and the surrounding mountains. We are only sorry we didn't have the time to return in the evening, (you can do that with... More

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the view of Seattle and surrounding area from the 73rd floor. It is twice as high as the Space Needle. Make sure to go on a clear day. Explanations of the terrain on the interior walls were very helpful. Only thing lacking was a decent snack shop while enjoying the view.

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FLORIDA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Best city views in all of Seattle!! one third the price of the Needle, no lines, beautiful modern sky observatory with new updates and 360 views. You're actually looking down on the Needle. Fabulous views of the city,waterfront,Mt. Ranier (weather permitting), the Olympic Mts, neighboring islands, Puget Sound, etc. and, there are wonderful information boards throughout explaining some history and... More

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Victoria BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I made by first visit to the newly renovated Columbia Center Skydeck. Compared to previous visits, you not only get the great views, but now there is lots of information about facts of the Seattle area, what you are looking at, history of the region, etc. This is like MOHAI, only this time with the views as well (see my... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We wanted to visit Smith Tower instead of Space Needle, but sadly they had some malfunction that day and it was closed so we searched for an alternative (mainly something cheaper than Space Needle). Columbia Center has really nice view and it is the talles of skyscrapers in Seattle... it actually is twice as tall as Space Needle. And it... More

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