Points of Interest

Seattle has many unique points of interests people identify with. Here are a few ideas and links to help you plan your visit.

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Amongst the best things about Seattle are the wonderful mountain and water views. Here are links to some of the best places to enjoy Seattle's views.

  • Columbia Tower Observation Deck
    There is an observation deck on the 73rd floor of Columbia Tower, at 701 Fifth Avenue, which offers views of Seattle and environs, along with a Starbucks coffee shop.

  • Smith Tower Observation Deck
    The Smith Tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Its location near the downtown waterfront and Pioneer Square provides fantastic views of the City.

  • Space Needle Observation Deck
    On the grounds of Seattle Center, the Space Needle Observation Deck provides 360 degree views from 520 feet above sea level. You can also view the webcam from the top of the space needle at this site.

  • Viewpoints
    There are lovely viewpoints all over the City maintained by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. This site provides a comprehensive list of viewpoints with photos and directions.

Downtown Seattle and Waterfront

International District / SODO

Capitol Hill

Seattle Center

Queen Anne Hill


Green Lake

Lake Union

Lake Washington

West Seattle


University District


North Seattle

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South Seattle

Greater Seattle and Washington State