Recognized as the symbol of the city, no visit to Seattle would be complete without visiting the famous Space Needle. It was built in 1962, for the World's Fair, when nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators and 2,3 million people visited it during the fair. It offers more than just a view of Seattle, you can also see the spectacular surrounding areas like Mount Ranier, the Olympic Mountains and Elliot Bay.
This 184 meters (605 feet) tower was envisioned by Edward Carlson, president of Western International Hotels, and after it was adapted by architect John Graham, it became the saucer-topped tower that is today. It was built to withstand 200 mph winds and an earthquake of 9.5 magnitude. It was completed in one year and at that time, it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
An adventure that begins with an elevator, up to the 520 feet observation deck. Telescopes are available, to offer visitors a closer look of the city's sites, and there are also informational displays which will help you to learn more about Seattle. The observation deck is open Sunday-Thursday 9am-10pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-12am.
Above the observation deck, the SkyCity restaurant is here to give you a unique dining experience, having a rotating dinning room. So, while enjoying your dinner, you can also enjoy a 360° view of Seattle. Reservations are recommended though, as everyone wants to have a taste of this experience.
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