The 42-story Smith Tower (Yesler Way and 2nd Ave., 206/622-4004, www.smithtower.com) was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when completed in 1914, and it remained Seattle’s highest for several decades.
Now dwarfed by neighboring skyscrapers, it is still an interesting place, with elevator rides—run by some of the last elevator operators on the West Coast—to a 35th-floor outdoor observation deck (10 a.m.–sunset daily Apr.–Aug., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily Sept., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily Oct., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun. Nov.–Mar., $7.50 adults, $6 seniors and students, $5 kids). Also on this floor is the ornately furnished Chinese Room, a popular place for meetings and wedding receptions.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition