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by gowest youngman
March 7, 2010
From journal Whale Watching and Searching for Mt. Baker
November 29, 2007
From journal Seattle, the Great Northwest
January 5, 2007
From journal Washington State's Treasures
Russell Springs, Kentucky
June 20, 2006
From journal Windy Day in Seattle
San Antonio, Texas
April 4, 2003
From journal Seven Days In Seattle
October 21, 2004
I have been here three times and never get tired of the breathtaking views from the top. The queue to buy tickets can be long, but that may depend on the weather and the day. Look for discount coupons in tourist brochures, as the full price is a bit steep. Oh well, it is a Seattle icon and wouldn’t you feel like a fool if you went all the way to Seattle and did not go up the Space Needle?
You will pass through a security checkpoint before you reach the elevators. The gift shop is new and improved, and the line to the elevators conveniently passes by it so your kids can gawk at the enticing merchandise in the store (when you leave the elevators on the way out, you will have to walk through the shop to reach the exit, so the layout is a clever marketing ploy). The elevator will fill up, so try to get a spot at the front so you can look out the glass windows while you are riding up (or down). The elevator operator will give you a quick speech while your ears are popping.
Once you have reached the full-circle observation deck (this level is 520 feet high), venture to the outdoor platform for some fresh air. You are all caged in while standing outside, but you can stick your camera through the gaps for some amazing views of Seattle and beyond. If you look (nearly) straight below, you will see the rest of Seattle Center, like the EMP, the arches of the Pacific Science Center, Key Arena, the International Fountain, amusement park rides, and plenty more if you look hard enough. The scenery is truly spectacular on a clear day, but if it is rainy you may just want to stay inside and look at the display photos pointing out all the landmarks. The downtown skyscrapers are south, Capitol Hill and Lake Washington are east, Queen Anne and Lake Union are north, and shimmering Elliott Bay and Puget Sound are west. There are free telescopes with which you can see the mountains on a clear day, which is not a given in Seattle.
If you buy a special day-and-night ticket, you can ascend the Space Needle twice on the same day, capturing the city during dramatically different lighting conditions. If you are dining at the revolving SkyCity at the Needle restaurant, your elevator ride is free.
From journal Bill in the USA - SEATTLE
May 8, 2004
From journal Seattle in all its glory!!
February 23, 2010
From journal Seattle Under Sunny Skies
February 21, 2008
From journal Alaskan Cruise from Seattle
Riverview, New Brunswick
June 12, 2007
The tower is 650 feet with an observation deck at 520 feet. The nautilus pavilion at its feet was in the original design but wouldn’t be finished until 2000. For an admission fee (2007 - $15), an glass-walled elevator will whisk you to the top at 10 mph. Once there, you can opt to stay inside or go to the outer deck. There are any number of aids, both static and dynamic, to help you identify, or zoom in on, the sites before you. You can be forgiven if you feel there is a slight sway, but remember, at age 45, this tower has withstood a fairly severe earthquake.
It is what it is: a spot high in the sky from which you have a view of downtown Seattle, Lake Union, and north to the Olympic Mountains. Try to see it on a clear day. Fastest way to the Seattle Centre is still on the monorail from the Westlake Shopping Center, corner of Pine and 5th.
From journal Jewel of the Northwest