Medieval castles were always built with lookout decks to alert misanthropic kings of the approach of cookie-peddling children and door-to-door scythe salesmen in flowing black robes. Enjoy a solicitor-free sightscape with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets (up to a $15 value) to the Smith Tower Observation Deck in Pioneer Square.
The Smith Tower recently underwent a $28 million restoration, and you can marvel at the lobby's detailed plaster and woodworked ceiling as you prepare for a sublime session of skyscape-staring. After ascending to the 35th floor in one of the last manually operated elevators on the West Coast, you'll step out onto Seattle's original open-air observatory, which spans all four sides of Smith Tower. This sweeping, panoramic vantage point makes it easy to spot local landmarks such as Safeco Field, the Colman Ferry Terminal, and Pioneer Square—all of which provide a man-made foreground to natural eye-appealers such as Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and rival skeins of ducks using performance-enhancing seaweed to pull off the floating choreography in their performance of West Side Story.
The Smith Tower Observation Deck is ranked number four in Trip Advisor’s “Attractions in Seattle” and offers a fun and memorable experience. Treat height-hungry out-of-towners, Bollywood couples in need of an epic backdrop for their duet, or office managers requiring a 35-story plunge for the world's most terrifying trust exercise to an insider's perspective of Seattle with today's Groupon.
Smith Tower Observation Deck
When it was built in 1914, the Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Though it lost that designation a mere 17 years later, the tower still captivates Seattle visitors with the Smith Tower Observation Deck. The open-air deck wraps around the tower's 35th floor and grants panoramic views of the city's modern downtown and Puget Sound. Seattle's gorgeous surrounding landscapes are visible from the tower as well, with the majestic peaks of Mount Rainer and the Olympic Mountain Range creating a stunning horizon. And the journey to the observation deck is a treat in and of itself. Passengers ride in one of the last manually operated elevators on the West Coast, which is caged in brass and copper in the style of the early 20th century. In the lobby itself, 22 Indian head sculptures watch over the onyx- and marble-paneled room, acting as precursors to the grandeur of the tower's top floors.
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