Visitors can enjoy 360-degree views of the city and Puget Sound from Seattle’s original skyscraper
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- Visitors journey up to the 35th-floor Observatory in a manually-operated elevator to take in views of modern downtown, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade Mountain Range. The observation deck is open-air, which lets visitors feel the breeze and smell the sea air.
- Observatory check-in hours: daily from 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
- The last elevator goes up one hour before closing. Depending on visitor volume, there may be wait times to ride the elevator to the Observatory.
About Smith Tower Observatory
When it was built in 1914, the Smith Tower Observatory 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 Observatory. The 360-degree 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. Also, the journey to the observation deck is a treat in and of itself, beginning with the fascinating ground floor exhibits and continuing to floor thirty-five in the historic brass and copper Otis elevators. 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.