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Seattle Space Needle

Parent Category: Attractions
in Seattle
Created: 19 May 2014
Address: 400 Broad Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Web-site: http://www.spaceneedle.com/

Photo from Seattle, Space NeedlePictures below will take you on a virtual tour to the top of the Space Needle! Enjoy the views of the Emerald City!

General Information:

Space Needle is the most recognizable symbol of Seattle. It works like a magnet and attracts millions of tourists annually. Space Needle is perfect not only from the outside, but also from the inside. The top of the Space Needle is the best place here as it provides stunning and breathtaking views of the beautiful city of Seattle.

The Space Needle was originally called The Space Cage and was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair that was held in Seattle. It rises 605 feet above the city and is considered to be the highest observation tower in the Northwest and the 4-th tallest in US.

Photo from Seattle, Space Needle

On a clear day visitors of the tower will surely enjoy the views of the Olympic Range, Mount Rainier, Lake Union, Elliot Bay, Puget Sound and the views of the downtown. It takes only 43 seconds to get to the Space Needle observation deck by an elevator. Keep in mind that the elevator has windows, that’s why visitors recommend to find a place near them. It will give you the opportunity to enjoy the views while you ride up.

The Space Needle has several levels: the first one is the Sky level where the private events can be held, the next level is SkyCity situated at 500-feet above the ground and the last level is the observation deck at 520-feet above the ground.

Photo from Seattle, Space Needle

The observation deck offers not only gorgeous views of the city, but also gives the opportunity to learn more about the sightseeing, providing interpretive displays that tell about more than 60 places and activities in the Seattle area. High-powered telescopes will help you to look closer at them.

It should be said that the Space Needle observation deck opens wonderful opportunity for visitors to enjoy 360 degree panoramic views from the inside and outside of the deck. Even if you don’t know Seattle and the area well, the informational displays will help you to figure out what it is.

The Space Needle is open all the year round, day and night, but be sure to check the operation hours before you come here. Also keep in mind that they stop to sell tickets half an hour before closing time.

Photo from Seattle, Space Needle

Tourist also recommend purchasing the Seattle CityPass that gives the opportunity to visit the Space Needle (day/night admission) and five other popular destinations in Seattle at a discount. Attractions that can be also visited with the Seattle CityPass include EMP Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo or Museum of Flight.

Interesting Facts:

·    There are 832 steps to the observation deck, but the elevator trip is only 43 seconds.
·    It took 400 days to design and build the Space Needle.
·    On a hot day a building expands about 1 inch.
·    Total weight of the structure is 9550 tons.

These pictures were taken on May 13, 2014

Directions:

From downtown Seattle:

Find your way to Alaskan Way by heading toward the Elliott Bay waterfront, head northwest on Alaskan Way. Alaskan Way turns right and becomes Broad Street. Follow Broad Street 0.2 miles to the intersection of 4th Avenue North and Broad Street. Turn left.

Directions from I-5 (North or South):

From I-5 take exit number 167 towards MERCER ST./SEATTLE CENTER. Continue on Mercer Street until it becomes Broad Street. Continue on Broad Street 0.5 miles to the intersection of 4th Avenue North and Broad Street. Turn right.

In order to get directions click on the map below:

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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