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The Awe-Inspiring Seattle Sky View Observatory

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Ever wished to view the sunset over the horizon at the best possible spot in Seattle? The Seattle Sky View Observatory offers a beautiful 360-degree view of the city and it is a sight to marvel. The Sky View Observatory is located at the top of Columbia Center, at the 73rd floor. Established in the 1980s, the Columbia Center, with its mirror black veneer, stands at over 900 feet and easily dwarfs all of the buildings in Seattle. Even the former best place to go sightseeing, Space Needle, looks absolutely small in comparison. It is the tallest skyscraper in the city of Seattle making it the ideal place to have an observatory. It is called one of the best kept secrets in Seattle and the moment you step out to see the view it offers, you’ll know exactly why it has that reputation.

The Seattle Sky View Observatory is not highly promoted but nothing comes close to surpassing it when it comes to giving the best view of the city. The recent renovations to the observatory transformed the once 270 degree panoramic view into a full 360-degree view of the entire city. The Seattle Sky View Observatory is a great place to relax during any time of the day. However, if you wish to truly make the most of your visit to the Sky View Observatory, then try to come by at sunset for one of the most breathtaking views you will ever see in your life. The Sky View Observatory offers entrance tickets at $12.50 for adults, children under 5 years old are free, senior citizens, and military and children 5 to 12 years of age will have a $9 entrance fee.

Sky View Observatory

Sky View Observatory                                                                            Photo: Patrick Rodriguez


Visitors will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the various Seattle landmarks such as the Space Needle and Mount Rainier. Travelers who visit Seattle are strongly recommended to visit the Seattle Sky View Observatory, the spectacular view alone and the cool and fresh air is worth the price of admission and more. For those planning for a unique setup for a celebration, the Columbia Tower Club is also offering catering services and the Observatory is available for rent. You can have your very own private party with friends and family members at the highest point in Seattle. If you have visited the Space Needle in the past then reminisce the feeling of being at the top on that building and multiply it a dozen-fold. Going to the top of the Seattle Sky View Observatory takes 2 elevator rides. From the main lobby on the ground floor you will take a ride to the 42nd and transfer to another elevator that will take you to 72nd floor, after that is just a quick climb on a flight of stairs that will take you to the observatory.

For a unique panoramic view of Seattle that encompass Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains and Elliot Bay then nowhere else can offer what the Sky View Observatory can offer.


Hours: Open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Address/Map:  73rd Floor, 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 386-5564
Website: Plan your visit to Seattle Sky View Observatory
Adults: $12.50 | Kids (6-12): $9.00 | Students, Military and Seniors: $9
Kids (6-12): Free