Space Needle, Seattle

Space Needle, Seattle (must see)

Only one World's Fair was the setting for an Elvis Presley movie ("It Happened at the World's Fair") and that was the one held in Seattle in 1962. However, Seattle residents are proudest of the fair's most tangible legacy: the internationally recognized Space Needle.

The Space Needle is an iconic observation tower and landmark located in Seattle. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle has become a symbol of the city and a must-visit attraction for visitors from around the world. With its unique design and breathtaking views, it offers an unforgettable experience that showcases the beauty of Seattle and its surrounding landscapes.

Designed by architects John Graham, Victor Steinbrueck, and John Ridley, the Space Needle was inspired by the futuristic vision of the World's Fair. Standing at a height of 605 feet (or 184 meters), the tower features a distinctive saucer-shaped structure with a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at the top. The design is characterized by its slender profile and the iconic 100-foot (or 30-meter) wide observation deck, providing visitors with unparalleled panoramic views.

Riding the elevator to the top, visitors are greeted by the observation deck, which offers 360-degree views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. On clear days, the visibility stretches for miles, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the beauty of the region. The deck features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide unobstructed vistas, as well as outdoor viewing platforms for an even closer look at the scenery.

The Space Needle also features the SkyCity restaurant, which revolves 360 degrees as guests dine, completing a full rotation in approximately 47 minutes. This unique dining experience allows visitors to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in ever-changing views of Seattle and the surrounding landscape.

The Space Needle is not only a popular tourist attraction but also an integral part of Seattle's cultural fabric. It has been featured in numerous films, television shows, and photographs, becoming an iconic symbol of the city's skyline.

Tip:
Try to get your tickets and your reservation for the café a few days in advance – especially if visiting on a weekend. Note that if you eat at the restaurant, you can go to the viewing tower free of charge.

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Space Needle on Map

Sight Name: Space Needle
Sight Location: Seattle, USA (See walking tours in Seattle)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Seattle, Washington

Create Your Own Walk in Seattle

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Seattle Center Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
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Fremont Neighborhood Walking Tour

Fremont Neighborhood Walking Tour

Fremont is a vibrant neighborhood in Seattle, renowned for its quirky and artistic character. Among other things, this famous district is home to some of Seattle's most beloved and controversial sculptures.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings Tour

Historical Religious Buildings Tour

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Trinity Parish Church, founded in 1865, is...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Seattle Architecture Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Pioneer Square District Walking Tour

Pioneer Square District Walking Tour

Pioneer Square, the district where Seattle was founded in the mid-19th century, had gone through its boom and near-bust until a period of preservation managed to save it for a new life. Today, this is the most historic part of Seattle that holds a special place in the city's yesteryear and is home to several noteworthy landmarks and attractions.

One of the most prominent sites in the area...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Seattle Introduction Walking Tour

Seattle Introduction Walking Tour

Overlooking Puget Sound's Elliott Bay on the West Coast of the United States, the port city of Seattle is renowned for its surrounding waters, mountains, evergreen forests, and thousands of acres of parkland. The largest metropolitan area in today's Washington State had been inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years prior to the European pioneers. The first European to set...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles

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