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Space Needle

Towering above the city skyline, the Space Needle observation deck is an integral part of Seattle’s identity.

This massive tower was originally constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair and attracted over two million visitors. The design of the building was a compromise between two architects, Edward E. Carlson and John Graham, Jr. One wanted to build a flying saucer, the other a giant balloon. Putting the two ideas together resulted in the Space Needle we see today.

To reach the top, visitors take elevators that travel at an astonishing 10 miles per hour. The trip takes less than a minute and the view at the top is definitely worth the wait in line.

From the Space Needle’s circular deck, all of Seattle and the beautiful Washington coastline are visible. Also at the top is a circulating restaurant, SkyCity, where you can enjoy fresh Pacific Northwest cuisine as the sun sets on the Emerald City.

Featured in movies and virtually every Seattle postcard, this towering landmark is a must see.


Fun fact: SkyCity restaurant rotates three hundred and sixty degrees in exactly forty seven minutes.




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