The Columbia Center, formerly named the Bank of America Tower and Columbia Seafirst Center, is a skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States. The 76-story structure is the tallest building in Seattle and the state of Washington, reaching a height of 933 ft (284 m). At the time of its completion, the Columbia Center was the tallest structure on the West Coast; as of 2017, it is the fourth-tallest, behind buildings in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Columbia Center, developed by Martin Selig and designed by Chester L. Lindsey Architects, began construction in 1982 and was completed in 1985. The building is primarily leased for class-A office spaces by various companies, with the lower floors including retail space and the upper floors featuring a public observatory and private club lounge. The tower has the highest public viewing area west of the Mississippi River. It occupies most of the block bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues and Cherry and Columbia Streets.
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Adam Shelley | Feb 21, 2018
We Parked at a parking lot next door and went up to a door that guided us to the observation deck entrance on the other side of the building which was helpful. Once inside, the lobby is dedicated to the just the observation deck, so no office workers are walking through. We paid at the counter, and found this place to be cheaper than the Space Needle. We then went up one elevator, got off one floor, this floor had a Starbucks on it which was a nice surprise. We then took a second elevator to the observation deck. After Getting Stamped on the hand we were greeted with the best view of Seattle in my opinion. It was cloudy on the horizon so we couldn’t see Mt. Rainier in the distance. But the View of the Skyline, Waterfront, Puget Sound, and the surrounding area were indescribable. There was also a small restaurant where we got drinks, and a gift shop with a few souvenirs. And Since this place isn’t as well known as the Space Needle, there weren’t a lot of people up there. If you are in Seattle you must visit this place, it’s a hidden gem not everybody knows about.
Nelly De La Cruz | Dec 18, 2017
Great place to visit and see Seattle. You walk in and get tickets from the lobby then follow and elevator to the 49th floor then another elevator up to the 73rd floor. Very big open space at the top. Went around 5pm on a Sunday and was not crowded at all. There are seats and high chairs you can sit on, and around the deck there are nice facts of Seattle. While it was a beautiful night view, the reflections and lights inside the space took some of the magic from pictures and observations. Would recommend going a tad bit earlier but it is worth it anytime!
Sunil Agarwal | Feb 12, 2018
Best place to get a good view of Seattle and its surroundings. It is much higher than Space Needle and the best part is that the same ticket allows you to come back later in the evening to watch sunset and city lights.
Ben Trevor | Dec 23, 2017
The best place to see Seattle from above. It's taller than the Space Needle and significantly cheaper. It's also never been crowded when I've gone. You get a magnificent view of Elliott Bay and South Lake Union, and on clear days you can see the Olympics and Mt. Rainier.
Arthur Sacramento | Feb 13, 2018
Great view. The place was empty and we had a great experience at the top of Seattle. Worth a visit.
Kayla Fuller | Mar 30, 2018
This is SO AWESOME! It’s the best observatory in Seattle because you can see so much more than the Space Needle! Plus, you can include the Space Needle in your photos! They also allow you to come and go on the same day within their open hours. They also have plenty of places to sit and relax or read a book. That’s what I did! I went before sunset so that I could get a wide range of photos. Then, I sat in a comfy chair and enjoyed my book as the sun set on the city and it was dark enough to take nighttime skyline photos. It was wonderful! My favorite part was that it wasn’t crowded at all. THE BEST 😍💜🎉
Alli Dowling | Mar 25, 2018
Breathtaking view of the city!!! So glad we went to the Space Needle, but this is better! And way more chill and affordable. Great views, the sunset this time of year on the mountains was so nice, the colors of the city really shined! Needs more than 5 stars!
Franklin Walker | Apr 2, 2018
We waited zero minute in line to visit this viewing level. It had comfortable seating and a 360 view you could walk around at your own pace. It's a hidden gem. I went when the elevators of the needle were being worked on so it was closed for a few days - glad I didn't have a choice as this was clearly the best view and way to capture the needle itself in photos. Skip the needle if crowded and take an lyft here for the view
kyle wilford | Apr 5, 2018
It was a nice history lesson. But very overpriced. The staff at the front desk were no help at all. The only redeeming quality was the view. They also have good restaurants in the food court.
yashal shakti | Apr 28, 2018
It was a wonderful experience. The view is good. The tall glasses of Space Needle are still great though. I would recommend going to both the places. The place is worth it. I wish they allowed to stay after 8 PM too though.
Michael Shawn Hickey | May 4, 2018
Worth the rent. We enjoyed a 360 degree view of Seattle from the 76th floor, way higher than the Space Needle and cheaper too, about $10 for seniors or $15 for adults 19-65. The actual experience far surpassed my expectations. Stay as long as you want. We took advantage of the available seating between 2 rounds of the observation deck.
Robert Miller | May 31, 2018
Two elevators, a confusing entrance, and twenty minutes later you have the best view of Seattle and King County. Visiting here is all about getting to the 73rd floor. If you were hoping for gift shops, elevator attendants, and a view on the way up, you're at the wrong observation tower. Don't let that deter you from this one of a kind experience. Sky View is my go to because it's not the needle. This is an attraction for the adults, its quiet relaxing, allowing you to spend as much time as you please. What's really great is that you can revisit with a handstamp within the same day. My only con is the room temperature, the air conditioning doesn't work so well and it gets stuffy fast. Besides that, I couldn't recommend it more for those wanting a more, elevated experience (get it, elevated 😊).
Catrina Bruns | May 20, 2018
I loved this observatory! When I planned to go to Seattle I was set on visiting the space needle. When I saw the price of the space needle, I realized it wouldn't be worth it. Instead I came to sky view which was closer to my hotel anyway. Boy am I glad I did! Sky view is taller and provides a great view of the city. It was also not busy at all. There were maybe 8 to 10 of us in the observatory during my visit. The price was very reasonable and allowed access for an entire day. Highly recommended! (You can see how small the space needle is compared to the sky view in one of the pictures I offered)
Helen Lacey | May 16, 2018
It's cool to say you were at the highest viewpoint in the North west for sure, and the view is impressive. But it's just the view; currently there aren't any restaurants or bars up there (although one in the making) and feels pretty corporate. You also can't sit overlooking the view. I much prefer the Smith Tower, which has history, you can get dinner, drinks and feel much more surrounded by the skyscrapers.
Beckie | Jun 3, 2018
An amazing view! I didn't go up the space needle but given this is cheaper and much higher I imagine this is much better! Highly recommend! Also the staff there were lovely
Janice Simmons-Mortimer | Jul 12, 2018
Smaller lines than the Space Needle, less stress and higher views, too. Plus, you can take a photo of the Space Needle while you're up there. It was a clear "4 mountain" day, so we were able to see everything we'd hoped. Plus, they have friendly guides on the Observation Deck to answer any questions you may have. Want a beverage while looking at the city? They offer that, too.
Ashika Vinod | Jul 11, 2018
The Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. At nearly 1,000 feet it offers the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. The 360 degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle. You can purchase your tickets in the lobby if you're using card. You have to take two sets of elevators to reach the observatory, but there are plenty of signs to guide you along the way. I loved the view.
Valerie Aring | Jul 7, 2018
Not as touristy as Pike's Market or the Space Needle, but amazing all the same. There's a huge wraparound window on the 73rd floor in the Columbia Center (the tallest building in Seattle!) which allows you to see amazing views for miles. There are also friendly employees there to help you by pointing out different things.
Kersi M | Jun 15, 2018
Amazing experience! Higher, cheaper, and better vantage point than the Space Needle and almost certainly less crowded. Very modern building with an awe-inspiring view of the greater Seattle region. You can actually feel how the building sways back and forth!
David Griggs | Jul 23, 2018
Awesome 360 degree view of Seattle from 73 floors up! Leisurely visit with places to sit and relax as well as a cafe with beer, wine and spirits. Tickets are $22 each unless you qualify for a discount and a photo of your group can be purchased for $30. I skipped the picture... wasn't worth it to me. But a good experience overall. Great food court by the ticket area too!
Jon Caceres | Aug 10, 2018
Not worth it anymore, IMO. The first time I was here (back in April 2018) tickets were cheaper, they were valid all day long (meaning you could make multiple visits throughout the day), lines weren’t as bad, and the seating options were much better and more intimate. They have since “remodeled” but it feels like a downgrade if anything. Prices were hiked, and it’s a one time ticket now. There’s a video during the 30 second elevator ride which is kind of cool but everything else just feels like a rip off. I spent $46 for 2 and I feel fleeced. Anyway, you won’t get a view like this anywhere else in the city so it’s up to you if you find it worth it, but personally I don’t think it is anymore.
Susan Ferretti | Jul 25, 2018
This place is great and a must see! I was not that familiar with it, but some locals recommended it as a first stop. The views leave you in awe. It is so beautiful. Also, there is a cafe that serves snacks and drinks (including a variety of alcoholic choices) so you can just relax and enjoy the view.
c00kied0uqh | Jul 26, 2018
Amazing views! Very well priced too. Went up for the sunset and was stunning. Staff were very nice and welcoming. Definitely would go back 😊
An Actual Breadstick | Aug 15, 2018
I recommend this place to all my friends when they visit Seattle. The recent renovations are neat but have increased the cost of tickets. Still, a great place with better views than the Space Needle. Go there.
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