The Space Needle

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The icon of Seattle, Space Needle has become one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It started in late 1950s with the World Fair planned to be held in Seattle in 1962, the city looked for a symbol which could grace the event and put Seattle onto the international map.

Early designer, Edwards E. Carlson looks to design a tower with a space-look staging the city to embark onto the 21st Century. Carlson faced major problems including the final tower designs, financing and land availability while working on the Space Needle.

The 605 feet tall Space Needle was eventually completed in December 1961, a mere four months before the World Fair was to be held. The tower is completed with a revolving restaurant and a viewing deck. And it had welcomed nearly 20,000 visitors a day during the World Fair in 1962.

Four decades has passed, Space Needle remains the number one tourist spot in Seattle. Millions visit it every year. The admission fees include a high speed elevator ride to the top of the tower and viewing at the observation deck. Telescopes are free for use at the observation deck.

Admission Fees: $15 - Adult, $7 - Child (4-13)
Hours: 9am – 11pm (Friday and Saturday until 12am instead of 11pm)

Do look out for discount coupon from your hotels as Space Needle is the most popular attractions in Seattle and has lots of publicity.

Space Needle is located near the Monorail and Seattle Center House at 5th Avenue North and Broad Street, you can take the monorail to and from Downtown.

If you intend to have a meal while enjoying the beautiful view of the Seattle city, make a reservation at the SkyCity restaurant, Sky City is a buffet style revolving restaurant with 360 degrees view at the top of the Space Needle. Admission fees are waived if you dine at the SkyCity.

A small café is selling Starbucks coffee is also located at the top for your convenience if your find SkyCity a little too costly.

Space Needle
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington, 98109
(206) 905-2111

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