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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Reading
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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Washington State
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I grew up in Washington and have been to the top of the Space Needle more times than I can count... Sky View Observatory is cheaper and has a better view! Viewing is from behind windows here, while at the Space Needle you can go outside or view from inside. Sky View is less "touristy" but better in my opinion.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The most recently published Lonely Planet USA guide quoted an entry price of $5, so we were a little shocked to find the price had risen to $12.50 in just 2 seasons; however, a most courteous gentleman on the desk was happy to charge the $9 student rate to each of my children, despite being UK students, who had no... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There is a price for going up to the 73rd floor but its the best view of the city and mountains surrounding Seattle.

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