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Smith Tower

508 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 622 4004
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Ranked #28 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
Description: This historic Seattle building offers great views of the city at the top.
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Still powered by their original DC motors (building constructed in 1914), the brass-decorated elevators deliver you to the 35th floor Chinese Room. Step out on the viewing deck for a wonderful panorama of Seattle, Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. The docent gave great tips on where to go and where to eat in the city.

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Spokane, WA
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186 reviews 186 reviews
67 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

At one time this was the tallest building went of Chicago. It features the original Art Noveau decorations. The views are spectacular. Tip: Most people opt to go to the observation deck at the Space Needle. This is incredibly expensive, and the views are considerably less interesting than the views from the Smith Tower. The views from the Space Needle... More

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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit, even if only once. The views of both water and city skylines are wonderful, especially during a clear sunset. Also, the observatory itself is a sight to behold - all Asian/Victorian - and they rent it out for special events! Would love to have a party here! This is also where that famous... More

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Seattle, Washington
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16 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Built in 1914, has all original marble floors and walls as well as carved native American Chief heads all arouind/ The original lift is copper and brass polished to shine and to be operated by a lift worker. Great all around views from the Chinese room ( on 42nd floor ).

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Sutter Creek, California
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170 reviews 170 reviews
29 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have stayed in Pioneer Square and have wanted to go to the Smith Building several times, well, we made it and WOW what a view. Now, we hit the one bright, sunny day in early March and could see for miles, and step outside on the observation deck. You can walk the whole way around the building, so you... More

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Alpine, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Journey up to the 35th-floor observation deck in a manually operated elevator to take in views of modern downtown, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade Mountain Range. The observation deck is open air, which lets visitors feel the breeze, smell the sea air, and possibly take revenge on the pigeon that ruined their sports coat years earlier. We purchased a Groupon... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

well let's see- it's higher than the space needle, cheaper, no lines to wait and less crowded... why wouldn't you want to come here? the building is an old office building that has an observation deck with an open balcony. the building gives you that old but respectful feeling with its gold and marble decorations. the elevator is small and... More

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Bozeman, MT
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

A short walk south of the Columbia Tower lies the Smith Tower, a classy old building that was built in the early 1900's. You can ride one of the original elevators manned by an operator to the observatory on the top floor which has a some great views of the city. The history of the building is posted on the... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Smith Tower is the oldest skyscraper in Seattle and it was completed in 1914. The skyscraper is unique as they still need elevator operator. The elevators have brass surfaces which look as if its made of gold. The doors are latticed, so a rider can see into each hallway and through the glass walls in front of each office on... More

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West Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Smith Tower is the “anti-Space Needle.” Both are fun and special places with great vistas but, in some ways, the Smith Tower is what the Space Needle is not. The Smith Tower is on the south side of downtown (instead of the north), has architecture that reflects medieval European building traditions (rather than mid-20th century American futurist styles), and... More

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