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Smith Tower

508 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 622 4004
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Ranked #29 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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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We happened upon Smith tower and enjoyed it very much. We saw the Space Needle View last year and decided it was ho-hum and this view was definitely better--and much less crowded.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit while in Seattle. I was staying at the Marriott 1 block away, and the ticket was $7.50, so it was an easy decision to give it a try. What a great idea! I went on a Friday at 5p. It was a clear day, so there were nice views all around - of... More

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Seattle, Washington
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I work in smith tower daily so get to view this awesome building from the top. The view is great and the people that run the elevators have been in place for years! It is worth the time to come take a look!

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Redmond, Washington
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Considering that this year is the centennial year for Smith Tower, it made it to our attractions list. Though it is no longer the tallest tower in Seattle now, but its Observation Deck at 35th Floor and the Chinese Room was really nice. Having read about it in wikipedia, things inside made more sense. The elevator is still the old... More

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Northampton, UK
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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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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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17 helpful votes 17 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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53 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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