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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 #4 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings
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Delran, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Never been to Seattle do did the touristy space needle first. Nice enough view but pricey. Then heard about the Columbia center...amazing 360 degree views from the 73rd floor! $9ea. for 2 of us (seniors). Pick a clear day if you can. We went early afternoon then went back around sunset and stayed to see the city at night...all for... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were told to go here by hotel this is much better View of city than the space needle and no queues Try and go up with very clear skies beautiful views

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Fresno
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We rode the monorail from the Space Needle to downtown and walked about 5 blocks to the Columbia Center. The Sky View is on the 73rd floor and we paid $9.00 for all-day access, but there is a Starbucks on the 40th floor if you want a good view without paying. The views were incredible and we got some great... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A wonderful way to see the skyline of Seattle. From the 73rd floor of the highest building in Seattle you will see forever. It only takes 30 minutes or so to experience this beauty. Worth the visit!

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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

At half the cost of the Space Needle, I am not sure why anyone would visit the Space Needle. The Columbia Center is in a great location and much higher. We tried to go to the Space Needle also, but it was so crowded with over an hour wait to go up. I am glad we didn't bother. At the... More

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Oakville, Canada
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20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited while I had very limited time based on TA reviews. Best idea ever! Went up around 5pm with absolutely no lineups and paid the $12 full day ticket for the most amazing views of Seattle and surroundings. The observatory was nearly empty allowing me to capture some great pictures and absorb the wonderful views and read all the info... More

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DC
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Columbia Center is the tallest building in Seattle. So you would be mostly looking down at other buildings. I visited it at night and the view was great. Admission price is almost half that of Space Needle and the lines are very short when compared to the Needle. So very little wait time to go to the top. It had... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

this is an absolute must for anyone visiting Seattle. The view is amazing, some of the best in Seattle. This would be one of my top recommendations to anyone visiting Seattle! Absolutely amazing views!

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Seattle, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must see when visiting Seattle. As a local, I cannot believe that I didn't visit the observatory sooner. Absolutely amazing views - some of the best in Seattle hands down. This would be one of my top recommendations for visitors but definitely to locals as well. Gorgeous!

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had only taken this option as the Space Needle was closed for a private function!We are so glad we came here instead.For a start there were hardly any people there,it only cost about 8-9 Dollars and the view is amazing.It's higher than the space needle and there's lots of space so everyone gets great views.If you want to know... More

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