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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 west of the Mississippi. 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.
Developed by Martin Selig, the 76-story, 1.5 million square foot Columbia Center—home to Sky View Observatory—was completed in 1985. Clad in smoked tempered glass and Carnelian granite, the structure boasts 8,800 windows, 2,100 hydronic heat pumps, 48 elevators, and 6 escalators. The many technical innovations required for such a large scale project, such as viscoelastic dampers and triangle shaped bracing, enable Columbia Center to withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds, making it one of the strongest and safest buildings in the Pacific Northwest.
701 5th Ave Floor 73
Seattle WA 98104
Onsite parking is available at current rates, subject to change without notice.
To get to the Observatory make your way to the main lobby on the fourth floor of the Columbia Center via the main entrance on 5th Avenue, the elevators from the parking garage, or the escalators from the 1st floor Atrium off of 4th Avenue. Find the elevator bank labeled 37-76 and take the elevator to the Sky Lobby on the 40th floor (where the highest Starbucks in the world is located). As you exit the elevator an automated voice will tell you which direction to turn. Proceed to the elevators that are labeled “66-76″. Once in the elevator press “73″ and you will arrive at the tallest public view in the west in seconds!
Magazine Cites SVO’s Panoramic View and Outstanding Value for Travelers
Seattle, WA—The highly regarded Condé Nast Traveler recently named Seattle’s Sky View Observatory as one of the Top 11 public viewing platforms in the world. Offering 360 degree views from the top of soaring skyscrapers, Columbia Center’s observatory was listed in-group with the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Empire State Building in New York and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Condé Nast Traveler author, Marisa LaScala, noted that Seattle’s highest and chicest view sits heads and shoulders above the local competition, and the entry fee of $12.50 is a travel bargain to boot.
Located in the Columbia Center, the Sky View Observatory was completely remodeled and expanded in 2013. Although the floor had been open to the public for years, visitors can now enjoy a full spectrum view while sitting at a height of 932 feet. Previously, the location only offered a 270 degree view.
Lynda Collie, the General Manager of Columbia Center says, “We have been thrilled with the response to our new and improved public observatory. The fact that one of the premier and most highly respected travel magazines in the industry has listed us so prominently is indeed the pinnacle of our pride. We are looking forward to another busy tourist season and hope that visitors from around the world will continue to come and enjoy the tallest public view on the West Coast!”
The panoramic view includes Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, The Cascade Mountains, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the city of Seattle, The Space Needle and a glimpse of CenturyLink Field: home of the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. The tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi, the SVO offers a priceless and unique way to gain a geographic bearing before venturing forth in the city and the region to tour and explore. The interior of the SVO was fully redesigned and static floor to ceiling displays share factual information from each vantage point.