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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 #7 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were planning to go to the Space Needle to enjoy the view as that is something you must do when you're in Seattle. But when we arrived at the Needle we were shocked by the prices! 18 dollars per person to go up once, on a time they want you to go, that's an outrage! So we decided that... More

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Augusta
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The observatory is less crowded, less expensive, and has a better view than the Space Needle (since it is almost twice as tall). Add to that the fact that when you're ON the Space Needle you can't SEE the Space Needle. When you're on the Columbia Center Observatory you CAN see the Space Needle, and Mt. Rainier, and neighboring cities,... More

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Olney, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Found this via a Groupon. So glad we skipped the space needle and went here. The lines were long at the Space needle and non existent here. The views are amazing. If in Seattle again I would definitely go visit again.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I think this is probably the tallest building in Seattle. On top deck you can see 360 view of Seattle. I really liked it but its something you want to do once and that's it.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Columbia Center Sky View Observatory (on the building's 73rd floor) is the best place to understand Seattle's infrastructure and surroundings. The view is breathtaking and the panorama is 360 degrees. You get all that for a modest contribution. If you only have a few hours to spare in Seattle this is the place to go.

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La Crescenta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The observation deck has great views of Seattle and beyond. Went up there on a clear Sunday afternoon and could see for miles. There is good information pictured on the walls throughout the observation area. Well worth a visit!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If was a little expensive for just an elevator ride but worth it. We were able to see all over the city and really gave you a great appreciation for this beautiful city.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Went in the evening and was amazing seeing Mt Rainer glowing pink in the sunset. Just a heads up if you go there by light rail. When you are exiting Pioneer Station(on a southbound train) go right. Do NOT exit 3rd & Yessler. There are quite a few homeless near this exit and you will get hounded. We had no... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited 8 attractions over the weekend in Seattle and this was our fave! The 360 degree views are fabulous. We could see everything! The Space Needle is great 'cuz, well, it's the Space Needle, and you should do it at least once, but these views are even better! And less expensive. Very cool. My teens loved it, too.

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Northampton, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Put off by the queues at the Space Needle we tried the Columbia Centre instead. As many other TA users have said, the views from it are amazing plus as there are fewer people you can get to stand and stare without being in anyone's way. Seniors' discount starts at 55 as well! You can even get a cup of... More

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