The Space Needle is a major landmark within the Pacific Northwest and an iconic symbol of Seattle itself. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which it attracted over 2.3 million visitors. The Space Needle became a designated historic landmark on April 19, 1999 by the City's Landmarks Preservation Board.
This breath-taking structure is 605 feet high at its highest point and 138 feet wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. Visitors can take in stunning views on the observation deck at 520 feet or enjoy something to eat at the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet. From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands.
Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle via elevators that travel at ten miles per hour (and five miles per hour on a windy day), though queues to take the lift can take up to an hour. To find out about admission and opening hours please visit the Space Needle website.