This article was published on June 7th, 2015
If you’ve ever seen the movie Sleepless in Seattle, or the television shows, Frasier or Grey’s Anatomy, then you’ll be all too familiar with the Seattle Space Needle. For decades the futuristic observation tower has been a landmark of the Pacific Northwest region and it’s a quintessential part of any visit to the emerald city.
The signature building of the Seattle skyline, the Seattle Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The buildings design and name was inspired by space travel, with its signature flying saucer restaurant and observation deck proudly sitting high in the sky overlooking the city of Seattle.
The observation deck is open to the public on daily basis. The elevator whisks passengers up the center column in a mere 41 seconds from ground to the top floor observation deck. On the way up, passengers get a scenic view through the glass doors overlooking the city and ocean.
Standing proudly at 184m (605 ft), the observation platform offers impressive views of Seattle’s downtown core, Elliot Bay, and the surrounding islands just offshore in the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day there are spectacular vistas of the nearby mountain ranges, including Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.
The observation deck has indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, both with 360’ views. There is also a revolving restaurant, SkyCity. A second platform, located 100m up the base is the Skyline banquet facility, which can be rented for special events and can host up to 360 people.
Now officially classified as a historic landmark, the Seattle Space Needle is a permanent part of Seattle. Throughout the years the flagship structure has been a central part of sport, culture and notable celebrations for the city, and recently became an integral part of celebrating Seattle Pride by proudly flying the rainbow flag from the pinnacle flag mast.
For more information about the Seattle Space Needle and other activities in Seattle, check out the Visit Seattle website. If you’re planning to stay the weekend in Seattle, the Max Hotel is a quick monorail ride away from the Seattle Space Needle.