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Smith Tower

508 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 622 4004
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Ranked #31 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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Northampton, UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This might no longer be the tallest tower in Seattle but we loved it for its external appearance, the 1930s lift which gave glimpses of corridors and doors that looked straight out of a Raymond Chandler book, the Chinese room and the knowledgeable guide at the top.

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Denver,Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We managed to arrive on the 100th anniversary which allowed us to explore the tower for 25 cents but the wait was 2 hours. I imagine the wait is not normally that long. The view from the observation deck was great. There was both inside and outside viewing. We had been to the space needle the night before and i... More

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SmithTower, Public Relations Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for your patience with the long wait we had over the holiday weekend! You are correct that there is usually not that long of a wait time - in fact there typically isn't more than a 5 minute wait time to go upstairs. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary we offered opening-day admission of $0.25 July 4 - 6,... More

Seattle, Washington, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

On a clear day, there is no more beautiful part of the country than Seattle. Although I have lived in the region for over ten years, I hadn’t visited the historic Smith Tower until this beautiful July day. It was so worth it because the views were absolutely spectacular. Unlike other observation decks in the area, the price was very... More

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Fayetteville, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I did both the Smith Tower and the Space Needle in Seattle, and I can say hands down the the Smith Tower is a far better deal and far better views. Not only was the Smith Tower only $7.00 compared to the Needle at $25.00, but I was also able to get better images of the city from it, including... More

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Burke, VA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
51 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Don't miss the beautiful building with all it's amazing appeal. It is like walking into a time capsule from 1914 when it was built. The elevators gleam with bronze and the operators are in full uniform. The marble in the lobby is off the hook and the Chinese room upstairs is downright astonishing. And then there are the views -... More

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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Smith Building was once one of the tallest buildings west of the Mississippi. Built in 1914, it has been overshadowed by many other buildings in Seattle but offers astonishing views of Mount Rainier from the observation area. Under one hour, worth doing if you are on your third or fourth visit to Seattle and haven't yet seen Rainier (sort... More

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Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If the Space Needle is to busy you might try Smith Tower. They have an observation deck. My favorite part of the Smith Tower is the Chinese Room. This is often rented for weddings as well as other events. The Smith Tower is Seattle's original skyscraper.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This rationale can be seen in the surrounding landscape, you can see many beautiful buildings. More can be seen next place to visit, with a high degree of difference is our Taipei 101 is much difference it! But the scenery here, whether it is day or night, hit the floor are more than 101 in Taipei, to the many good-looking.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Smith Tower is a wonderful building in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. The foyer is gorgeous, the beautiful lift has charming attendants, and the Chinese Room on Level 35 is interesting. The views are amazing. It must have been so exciting for the visitors in 1914, and is just as exciting now. Highly recommended. Much cheaper than the Needle,... More

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Leeds, UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

We visited Smith Tower while in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. The visit starts with the elevator ride to the top - watch carefully out the door as you see the old style decor on pretty much every floor as you go up. I just with the elevator had been slower. The (surprisingly small) Chinese Room at the top... More

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