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Iconic Places: Seattle’s Space Needle

Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle has become Seattle’s most famous landmark and the symbol of Seattle. At 605 feet (184 meters) high, it was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. The inspiration for the Space Needle came to Edward E. Carlson, the chairman of the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, when he paid a visit to the Stuttgart Tower of Germany.

Elevators whisk visitors up to 520 feet (160 meters) to the Observation Deck, where you can enjoy not only breathtaking views of the city, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, Puget Sound and its surrounding islands – a highlight on any Seattle incentive program. Just below at 500 feet is the Sky City restaurant, which rotates 360 degrees every forty-seven minutes, offering diners a scrolling panoramic view. The domed top housing the restaurant and observation deck was created to be so perfectly balanced that the restaurant rotates with the help of one tiny electric 1.1 kilowatt (1.5 hp) motor!

At 100 feet is the Skyline Level, a more recently added event and meeting space. This level is comprised of three rooms, which may be rented separately or together, for a maximum capacity of 350 people. The rooms are situated with spectacular views over Puget Sound, Lake Union, and the Seattle skyline, making it a popular and unique spot for a meeting, presentation or event.

Located within the Seattle Center, a visit to the Space Needle can easily be combined with one or more of the other attractions housed here. This includes: Chihuly Garden and Glass, Experience Music Project, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Pacific Science Center and IMAX Theater.

One memorable way to visit the Space Needle is by riding the original monorail, which runs between Seattle Center and Westlake Center in downtown. Views of the Space Needle itself can also be enjoyed from sea and sky via nearby Lake Union, a busy spot for kayakers, boaters and floatplanes.

Photo credit: Cliff Cooper via Creative Commons 

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