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Located on a pier on the Seattle waterfront, the 175-foot-high Seattle Great Wheel opened in 2012 and is the largest observation wheel on the West Coast. Even if you hate Ferris wheels, this is an enjoyable way to get your bearings while taking in an incomparable view of the city and its surroundings. The observation pods are completely enclosed, seat four, move slowly and silently, and don’t sway. On a clear day you’ll see across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains to the west, and Mount Rainier to the east. On a gray, wet day, you’ll have to be content with the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay. If you want a longer-lasting, high-rise-view experience, opt for a trip up to the top of the Space Needle instead.