The best views of Seattle during my Rocky Mountaineer Famil
When you are in a city on the opposite side of the world, you expect things to be different. Before you leave, you make a list of all the things you would like to see and do, you spend hours researching and finding out the little hidden sightseeing treasures.
For Seattle there are so many. Today I stumbled upon the best treasure this city has to offer its visitors, the Columbia Centre Sky View deck. When you arrive into Seattle, it's hard to miss the Columbia Centre. As the largest building it towers over all the other sky scrapers.
What you might not know is that level 73 is a viewing area, similar to Melbourne’s Rialto Tower or Eureka Sky Deck (minus the glass floor). The views of the Seattle are truly amazing. Shall I be all cliche and say - breath taking? No, I'm a little more original!
After leaving the the elevator on the 73rd floor you are greeted at the door where you'll pay your admission. From here you can already see Elliott Bay with an amazing view, you can literally see for miles (yes, miles I am in America!)
Once you pay the admission fee (US $14.25 and worth every penny) the waist to ceiling glass windows offer the best unobstructed views of Seattle.
You can see all the peaks in Olympic National Park to the west, Mount Rainier National Park to the south and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to the east and every typographical incline in between.
I spent a lot of time walking around and sitting down to take it all in. Although seeing things from above really put it in perspective. For example, Smith Tower is so pretty and white when viewed from the ground, but when looking from above, the sun's transition reveal just how red all the surrounding building's terracotta bricks are. The trees in the street shimmer green and show why Seattle is known as the Emerald City.
In the east, the University of Washington’s grounds are immaculate, from the fountains to the football field. The clashes of green, blues and again the red terracotta bricks was crazy. A kaleidoscope of colour.
The Space Needle is another popular viewing point but, if you don’t want to wait in line, head over to the Columbia Centre for unobstructed, incredible views.
This is also an amazing start or finish to your Rocky Mountaineer or Amtrak rail journey. Read more about Seattle and my journey through the Rocky Mountains.