I planned to drive to Mount St. Helens or perhaps Mt. Rainier, but I slept in a bit. I would blame that on Daylight Savings, but that would only explain one extra hour... Instead I decided to visit Smith Tower and see the Observation Deck/Chinese Room.
The elevator to the Observation Deck is manually operated, so I waited until it showed up. The attendent only let seven people in at a time, shut the gate, and then sent us to the top. Along the way we could see the floors go by as the elevator shaft was see-through.
The Observation Deck is decorated in a Chinese motif, with an intricate ceiling and wood carvings. There are a few ornate tables and chairs, plus a few works of art on the wall. Unfortunately, the wall art was behind reflective plastic, which makes it difficult to photograph.
The Chinese Room isn't very large. A narrow walkway comprises the observation deck, and I opened a sliding glass door to step out and take some pictures.
Do you see the Space Needle?
The view east towards HarborView Hospital.
King Street Station, Qwest Field, Safeco Field