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Smith Tower

508 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 622 4004
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Ranked #35 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
Description: This historic Seattle building offers great views of the city at the top.
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Varese, Italy
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

When we visited the weather was quite bad, as it started raining just after we did a quick walk on the deck. We were forced inside the building, but that made us discover how helpful Stephen, the man overlooking the observatory, was. He knew so well the history of Seattle and its buildings that we listined him for almost two... More

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Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful building that is super tall. It is a must see, however the elevator was built with openings so you can see the various views, etc..if it were not for my fear of heights, i would have liked this more. The rating has nothing to do with the building.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

A great way to see the city from up high cheaply. The building is attractive and the views (outside walkway) great but note that the elevator has a lattice door so if you're scared of heights (like me!) then you might want to think twice!

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Coventry England
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106 reviews 106 reviews
17 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

As soon as you enter the building you appreciate the fact that it was designed over 100 years ago. The entrance hall is a joy to behold with the brass fittings and the old style lifts. You are taken to the Chinese room by a lift operator who has to manually close the doors and operate the antiquated mechanisms. We... More

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Tucson, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you go up the Space Needle (which you should), you can skip the Smith Tower. It is not worth the price of admission.Other than being able to see inside the football field, there is no other value added to this stop. We went because it was very near the Pioneer Square Underground Tour (Which was also worthwhile), but we... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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92 reviews 92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a spur of the moment we were walking around discovery. And I loved this! Reminded me of NY. The Chinese room was lovely and we enjoyed the views from the top of the tower. This elevator was original to its 100 year old tower and there was a cute little elevator man that was running the elevator. He... More

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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The views from the top are fabulous but the Chinese Room was a bit of a disappointment. That said, worth the trip just for the views (providing you don't get vertigo!). not expensive.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Had enough of the Space Needle and Pike Market crowds? Pick a clear day and make a short visit to the Smith Tower. 360-degree views from what was once one of the tallest buildings in the country. It is beautifully preserved, gleaming brass appointments and a gracious Period Chinese room. The outside walkway lets you directly experience the outside. No... More

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Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
35 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The views are comparable: water, city, etc. but this is less than half the cost and it is not crowded. There were no lines and there weren't more than a dozen other people the entire 45 minutes we were there. The marble and brass are stunning; the operator-run elevator gorgeous; and I could hear the wind in my hair .... More

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We visited Smith Tower a few years ago when we came to Seattle for a friend's wedding over Labor Day weekend. My now husband's cousin was working at Smith Tower and took us up to the observation deck. There were a lot of Chinese features and furnishings in the room which completely surprised me when the elevator doors finally opened.... More

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