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by Rie Rite
Brooklyn, New York
November 20, 2006
From journal The Seattle Space Needle: Not As Sharp As It Could
May 25, 2008
From journal Seattle Tourist
December 19, 2006
From journal Sights of Seattle
September 3, 2004
In Seattle the _____ is of course the famed Space Needle. It is a structure that is interesting to look at (and noticeable from so many different parts of the city) for sure, but the price of admission to see the view from the top is not quite worth it.
13 dollars per adult and 6 dollars per youth. Now that could be about 28 dollars for an average family to ride an elevator to the top of a structure that is not even that tall anymore. Atleast when I paid my 10 bucks to go to the top of the Empire State Building, I could see over most of the buildings and I had, along with millions of other tourists, found a great view.
Of course people will ask if you saw it, and I think people should see it. It is a landmark that will always be instantly associated with Seattle. Along with rain and Starbucks the Space Needle forms a holy trinity. Still, seeing it from the ground and saving 13 dollars is wise. There are plenty of great reasons to be around it in the Seattle Center too: the awesome Experience Music Project, the fun Pacific Science Center, the Key Arena, and more.
As for the views from the top? Well, you could visit the Queen Anne neigborhood in Seattle that is located atop the highly elevated hill. From Queen Anne you can see over the Space Needle and on clear days can see Mt. Rainier. Plus Queen Anne is a cute little neighborhood. Or in Volunteer Park, which is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, there is an observation tower near the water resevoir that allows for excellent views of the city. Plus, Volunteer Park is a quaint park that is also home to the Asian Art Museum and an Arboretum. Or, in downtown there are plenty of taller buildings to see from. The Washington Mutual building is free and offers some of the best views of the city.
So the point is, I suppose, that sometimes the landmarks of a city get so popular that the price of admission to the landmark outweighs the specialness. There are plenty of free ways to see the beautiful city of Seattle. If a friend keeps pestering you about not seeing ____, then just say, "____ you!" and rest assured in knowing that you saved money and saw a killer view. It’s no coincidence that the film "Sleepless in Seattle" ends at the Empire State Building.
From journal Exploring Seattle
by Coach Dad
March 9, 2003
Built for the futuristic-themed 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Space Needle is a unique site. At the top, there are both indoor and outdoor observation decks. I can only imagine what the view would be on a clear day. Located all around the observation deck, you find fun trivia and environmental graphics. The Space Needle is 730 feet tall. The observation deck is over 500 feet. The Space Needle sways 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It is built to withstand winds over 200 mph. The Space Needle has high-speed elevators to get you from the ground to the observation decks. The elevators travel at 10 mph, so the trip from bottom to top takes about 45 seconds.
Just below the observation deck is the Sky City revolving restaurant. We were there in the late morning, so the restaurant was closed. It looked very nice. The menu featured fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, and prime rib. The prices looked about average. The wine list looked nice. The restaurant revolves once every 45 minutes. With the ever-changing view, I imagine this would be a very nice dining experience. Maybe next time.
Since we were in Seattle, there must be coffee. There is a Starbucks in the inside observation deck. We were there in the morning and it was pretty chilly. The cappuccino was nice and hot and tasty.
If I ever get back to Seattle, I look forward to going to the Space Needle again. This time on a nice, sunny day.
From journal Super Time in Seattle
Marina del Rey, California
April 29, 2001
From journal Seattle Area - Sun, Snow, Salmon,and Suds
December 14, 2000
You can easily make out the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and view the many hilly neighborhoods of Seattle below. The Space Needle has two restaurants that re both okay but rather expensive. Visiting the observation deck costs $11.
From journal Washington: Seattle
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