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SEATTLE -- It looms more than 900 feet above us, its black shiny facade reflecting the city lights. As the tallest building in Seattle, Columbia Center has been a part of the skyline for decades.

But few people know they can go inside for a spectacular view of the area.

It's one of Seattle's best kept secrets -- the Sky View Observatory is one of the best places to get an extraordinary view, said Tamara Wilson of Sky View Observatory.

The Sky View Observatory is on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center. Recent major rennovations has stretched the panaromic view from 270 degree's to a full 360 degree's.

We opened up the view and added more space, making room for comfortable chairs and tables, said Wilson.

Along with the rennovated space, you will find dozens of facts and trivia related to the view.

We went through more than 3,000 pages of research to match the facts with what people are viewing outside, said Caroline Scull of Effective Studio Design.

Everything from details of Mt. Rainier to a breakdown of our sports teams are posted on floor to ceiling displays.

We even came up and observed visitors to make sure we were including the stuff they were interested in, Scull said.

The observation deck is open to the public seven days a week. Your ticket is good all day even if you leave the premises.

Admission is free for children under 5, $9 for seniors, military and kids (5-12), and $12.50 for adults. October is Senior days, $5.00 for anyone 55+.

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