Seattle Space Needle

seattle space needleThe Space Needle is Seattle’s most famous landmark and symbol. On a clear day, the view from the top is simply stunning. Built in 1962 for Seattle’s futuristic World’s Fair, it rises 605 feet (184 m) into the sky. The steel structure weighs 3,700 tons.

Each year, more than a million visitors take one of the three glass elevators to the observation deck, located at a height of 520 feet (159 m). Informative displays point out more than 60 locations around the area. Visitors can use a free telescope to zoom in on an area.

The SkyCity Restaurant is located on the 500th level. A reservation there gets you to the observation deck free of charge. The restaurant rotates one full turn every 47 minutes, so guests enjoy a fantastic and constantly changing panorama during their meal.

There are 848 steps from the basement of the Space Needle to the top. When the Space Needle was built in 1962, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It is a very sturdy construction, built to withstand winds up to 150 mph (242 kph).

A few fun facts about the Seattle Space Needle:

  • In 1994, the Space Needle was named the “Best Place to Get Engaged” by the Seattle Weekly.
  • The Space Needle’s original name was “The Space Cage” and the original name of the restaurant was “Eye of the Needle.”
  • The Space Needle sways about 1 inch (3 cm) for every 10 mph (16 kph) of wind.
  • In 2001, the Space Needle endured an earthquake of 6.8 on the Richter scale. It is built to withstand quakes up to 9.2.
  • In 1999, the Space Needle was designated a historic landmark by Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board.

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