This is a must see if you visit Seattle: Smith Tower. Billed as the tallest office building in the world outside of New York City when it was completed in 1914, it still holds a very special place in the Seattle skyline. It is 42 stories tall, and quite elegant. There is an elevator up to an observation deck (opens at 10 AM) from which you can get a spectacular view of Seattle. AND it's a view in which the Space Needle is included, and, unlike the Space Needle, it's FREE (the Space Needle costs $12-16 to take the elevator to it's observation deck). The Smith Tower lobby and elevators are wonderful period pieces, and there is a (surprise) Starbucks attached to the lobby.