After an extensive expansion and redesign, the Columbia Center reopened its 73rd floor on July 1, with the Sky View Observatory now featuring 360-degree views of the surrounding area. For admission costing less than that of the Space Needle, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view that includes Elliott Bay, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, Bellevue, and Seattle. Standing at 900 feet, according to the press release, the observatory is the “tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi” and therefore offers an unparalleled and unimpeded vantage point for visitors. Various displays throughout the SVO identify major landmarks and provide information regarding the history of Seattle and the surrounding area, and the observatory can be easily accessed via elevator. The SVO is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, so visitors can enjoy the spectacular view day or night. Located in the heart of downtown, just blocks from Pike’s Place Market, the Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory is a convenient stop along any visit to the Emerald City and is sure to impress natives and tourists alike. Purchase tickets ($9 for seniors and kids and $12.50 for adults) in person at the Sky View Observatory entrance on floor 73. Tickets will be available online soon.