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Address: 701 Fifth Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
Phone Number: +1 206-386-5564
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00

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If not space needle- here

Unlike space needle this place doesn't have crowds thronging and is easy to reach. View of city is as good, plus you get to see Space Needle from here.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unlike space needle this place doesn't have crowds thronging and is easy to reach. View of city is as good, plus you get to see Space Needle from here.

Thank PravasiRJ
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lived in the Puget Sound area for 50 years. Played tourist in Seattle this summer. Never been to the Columbia tower or the Sky View Observation deck. Went right when they opened. Had the place to ourselves for 1/2 hour. What a treat! View was spectacular. Reminded me why we live here. The Mountain ranges, Rainer, the Sound, the Islands... More 

Thank Hope T
Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Forget about the needle at $35! Head on up to the highest spot in Seattle for a great panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Got in for $9 with a senior discount (over 50), student was $9 too. Otherwise it's $12.

Thank Cubmasterbill
Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have also done the needle and the observatory is a way better view. It is higher and has a great view of the cities and water. Also, not as packed as the needle and cheaper. Some great information is also available while walking around. Will definitely recommend to anyone heading to that area.

Thank Christine G
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful views of Seattle; no crowds; beautiful views. The access is very easy and fast. I went at night to see the night view, but next time i am in town I will take in the day view. A plus is that you get to see the Space Needle in the distance. I bought my ticket on the spot with... More 

Thank TSinParis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This observatory is a must see, if nothing else you see, visit thisc place. The views are breathtaking and give you a sense how beautiful the emerald city is. Lots of good info about Seattle there and you can see the surrounding islands and mountains Really the best thing in Seattle. Leaves you speechless.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an alternative to the Space Needle, more central to downtown. We enjoyed it even on a bit of a cloudy day. Gives you a better view of the entire city than the needle.

Thank indytravelers2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommend going here to check out the city! you get a 360 degree view and are the highest building around

Thank Brea M
Arcata, California
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"Twice as high as the space needle." This is the place to go for an overview of Seattle and the region, from the Sound and islands to the lakes to Mt. Rainier to the city itself.

Thank lbl54
SF Bay Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stunning, near-360 view -- and much better on a sunny day. We went close to sunset, and that was gorgeous. As others have said, much better than the Space Needle.

Thank effieclyde

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