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Smith Tower

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Smith Tower

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500 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2336
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Pioneer SquareSound Transit Link Light Rail2 min
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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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Get to know Seattle's first established neighborhood, Pioneer Square, by walking its underground pathways as they existed in the 1890s in the company of a guide. Trace the city’s history, from an Indigenous dwelling to its Gold Rush days and up through its current state as a thriving modern neighborhood on this walking tour.
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Barbhawkins wrote a review Yesterday
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Great views And wonderful food. We were surprised to find out easy it was to access and enjoy the walk around the entire building on the top floor.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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The_Travel_Family wrote a review Oct 23
Las Vegas, Nevada505 contributions218 helpful votes
Smith tower did surprise me, full of history. Great views from the top with a few beers to enjoy. Recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jason Hennig wrote a review Oct 18
Renton, Washington86 contributions7 helpful votes
The view was amazing. We came around 2:30 so we could see the museum, which was very interesting, and then spend some time at the bar, which was also amazing. Obviously, there isn't any free parking anywhere nearby, and if you're easily spoked, Pioneer Square can be a bit intimidating (although it's worth noting that it's not especially dangerous, necessarily; there are just a lot of homeless folks around). All in all, the building has a rich history, and the little speakeasy-inspired bar is phenomenal.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Michael B wrote a review Mar 2020
Bellflower, California14,638 contributions307 helpful votes
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Walking down Capitol hill we spotted the Smith Tower standing bold and white against the sky line, in Pioneer Square. Built in 1914 for the Smith Family by architects Gaggin & Gaggin, using structural steel from Pennsylvania and terra-cotta from California, it stands 465 feet (not 500 as claimed), and has only 35 floors (38 counting the vents in the pyramid-cap). When the tower opened it was the tallest building in the United States west of Ohio. There is a souvenir shop on the ground floor and an historical exhibit about the Tower, it has eight high-speed elevators that can whisk you up to the open-air observation deck with its 360-degree views of Seattle and beyond in no time. (it was raining when we visited it, so did not go up) The white terra-cotta coating of the tower has only been washed once in its 106yrs, and still stands clean and shiny white, which must be due to all he self-cleaning properties in Seattle's rain. TIP: Good shoes and rain gear if you are thinking of visiting the open-air observation deck in winter.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from DavidLSMT, General Manager at Smith Tower
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Hi, Thank you for the review! I am sorry we missed you in the observatory. Hopefully you can make it back when the sun in shining, the views are amazing on sunny days. Cheers, David L.
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rntravelbug wrote a review Mar 2020
Idaho63 contributions5 helpful votes
12 dollars admission and drink specials at the top, if you go at 4pm on Mon-Thurs. The prices at the restaurant are pretty fair for a tourist attraction.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from DavidLSMT, General Manager at Smith Tower
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Hi, Thank you for the awesome review! We are delighted to hear that you had a good time with us and look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, David L.
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