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Smith Tower

508 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 622 4004
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Ranked #27 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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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

L.C. Smith heard about this far away place on the near edge of the continent and decided to create the tallest, most elegant skyscrapper on the West Coast. In the style of Louis Sullivan, that Chicago architect which created some of the early Chicago landmarks near Lake Michigan--the Smith Tower is this qurikly symbol of when Yesler Way was in... More

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Belmont
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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
113 helpful votes 113 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
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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49 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 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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205 reviews 205 reviews
159 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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