The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and Seattle’s most popular tourist attraction. The Space Needle stands 605 feet tall and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built, but is now dwarfed by other structures along the Seattle skyline, the Columbia Center currently being the tallest at 967 ft.
The tower’s saucer-shaped “Tophouse” rotates 360 degrees every forty-seven minutes and includes an indoor-outdoor observation deck and SkyCity, a restaurant featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine. From here, on a clear day, visitors have breathtaking panoramic views of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and both the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges
The Skybeam was unveiled on December 31, 1999 and shines skyward from the top of the Space Needle to honor national holidays and special occasions. Originally it was scheduled to be turned on for 75 nights per year but has been used fewer than a dozen times per year due to concerns about light pollution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Seattle Space Needle famous?
The Space Needle is known as an icon of the Seattle skyline and a spot with historical significance. With over two million visitors to the 1962 World’s Fair, it was dubbed “the world’s most novel amusement” at its opening.
Why is it called the Space Needle?
In 1959, Edward E. Carlson (a chief organizer of the 1962 World’s Fair) traveled to Stuttgart Germany where he was inspired by a broadcast tower featuring a restaurant. He doodled an idea of a dominant central structure for the fair, convinced that such a tower could make a centerpiece for the fair and an enduring symbol for Seattle. He called it a “Space Needle.”
Does the Seattle Space Needle rotate?
The Space Needle now boasts the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. It rotates once every 47 minutes.
How long does it take to reach the top of the Space Needle?
How long does it take to tour the Space Needle?
Is visiting the Space Needle worth it?
How much does it cost to eat at the Space Needle restaurant?
Where do you park for the Space Needle?
Can you get to the Space Needle easily from Seattle airport?
Is the Space Needle the tallest building in Seattle?
Does the Space Needle have stairs?
Want a workout? A stairway was added in June 2000. There are 848 steps from the base to the top of the observation deck.
Where can I get the best photographs of the Space Needle from the ground?
The Space Needle can be seen from many parts of the city, but the most well-known view is from Kerry Park, in the high-end Queen Anne part of town. The park features a large terrace that overlooks the city and bay and offers an unobstructed view of the Space Needle and downtown Seattle.
Luna Park and Hamilton Viewpoint Park, both in West Seattle across Elliot Bay, boast sweeping views of the famous landmark as well.
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