The Seattle Space Needle is often referenced as the ultimate place to take in the city from soaring heights. While the Space Needle is an incredible destination, the Smith Tower Observatory brings the view with a little history too. This beautiful and captivating tower has long defined the Seattle city skyline and makes for a wonderful place to kick back, make the most of the scenery and sip something savory while you’re at it.
Big cities are often quite competitive when it comes to who is first, biggest and of course, best. In 1914, Seattle proudly accepted the title as the city home to the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. The skyscraper at the center of all the excitement was Smith Tower which soared 484-feet into the sky. While the title as tallest skyscraper didn’t last forever, today, Smith tower is still the oldest skyscraper in Seattle and retains its reputation as a beautiful testament to the past and incredible destination for taking in the city from above. Standing at 506 2nd Avenue, Smith Tower is home to an observatory that provides spectacular views and plenty of opportunities for fun.
Planning a Visit
Arriving at Smith Tower, visitors will find a souvenir and gift shop on the ground level followed by an extensive exhibit dedicated to telling the story of the tower and the Greater Seattle area. Once you’ve absorbed this fascinating history, make your way to the top of the tower for a chance to experience the observatory in all its towering glory. Visitors can stay inside the observatory or make their way out to an observation deck that provides an open-air experiencing for viewing the city below. Photographers quickly fall in love with this destination as panoramic views provide amazing opportunities for capturing unobstructed and breathtaking images and angles. Once you’ve had your fill of a bird’s eye view, be sure to try a cocktail at the observatory bar to end your experience on a savory note.
Smith Tower Seattle
With so much to experience in Seattle, a trip to the Smith Tower Observatory is a great way to get a comprehensive look at this sprawling center of urban excitement. When you’re here for a visit be sure to book a downtown vacation rental with Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Our team is passionate about booking guests into rental homes that provide them with an authentic Emerald City experience complete with comfort and luxury. Contact us today to begin planning your Seattle adventure.