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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 212 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

At nearly twice the height of the Space Needle and half the price, the Columbia Center gives you a great view of Seattle, Mt. Rainier, the Olympia Peninsula and Puget Sound. Go about a half hour before sunset if it is clear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Amazing views and arrived in time for Sunset, obviously a Seattle landmark not to be missed. Fairly crowded but to be expected, liked the ability to have a glass of wine at the top and prices were relatively reasonable.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We almost paid to go up to smith Tower and once we went up Columbia Tower we were glad we didn't. Columbia has a panoramic view and you can see from there that Smith is very small in comparison! They stamp you so you can come and go, so we went ,multiple times (daylight, sunset, night time) to get the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We chose to go to the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory rather than the Space Needle upon the recommendation of our friends who live in Seattle. This view is higher and less expensive than going to the top of the Space Needle. The views were fantastic and there were interesting information placards and wall art to explain what you were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Definitely a must in Seattle. Very reasonable price (compared to London Shard) and great views all round with good displays of local information on the walls. As mentioned there is a Starbucks on the 40th floor which you can access for free but this does not give views of the Sound.

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Frederick, md
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went to the sky view our last day in Seattle. We chose this over the Space Needle as it is twice as tall and cost half as much plus you can take pictures of the Needle from here. Gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains and all of the water surrounding Seattle. A must see on your... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

2nd tallest building west of the Mississippi - great views in all directions - too cloudy to see mt renier - good views of the space needle - they let you return so you can come early and then return at night to see the lights

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Linconshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Amazing views and free! I went to the needle but queues were crazy. Just walked in here and took two elevators to the sky view centre. It is amazing what you can see. Then stop off at Starbucks half way up or us it down and get the free Wi fi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The views from the tower are spectacular. It's so much better than the space needle - and cheaper! Plus you get a Starbucks at the 40th floor without paying an entrance fee.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

And come here. It is twice the height and has magnificent views of the entire Seattle area. Close to other attraction as well.

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