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Space Needle

Seattle Center | Seattle, WA 98109 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
About these ratings

If there's one thing that Seattle's known for (aside from coffee and Tom Hanks' insomnia), it's the 605-foot high Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle has dominated Seattle's skyline ever since with its unique UFO-like design. The tower's round observation deck (520-feet high) offers spectacular views of the city and the nearby Olympic Mountains. Also at the top of the needle is a revolving restaurant that serves up tasty (though a tad expensive) meals. If you're not a fan of heights, check out the Space Base gift shop at the bottom of the tower.

When it comes to prices, recent visitors are torn: Some say the views are worth the high admission price, while others say it's just as impressive from the ground. One TripAdvisor writes: "[T]he Space Needle is not all that exciting, but it is still a requirement for any trip to Seattle. It is overpriced, and we had to stretch to spend an hour up there." However, admission to the Space Needle is included if you purchase a Seattle CityPASS.

The Space Needle is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood, and the observation deck is open every day from 9 a.m. to midnight. For more information, check out the Space Needle website.

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