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If there's one thing that Seattle's known for (aside from coffee and Tom Hanks' insomnia), it's the 605-foot tall 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 pricey) 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 said the views are worth the high admission price, while others said it's just as impressive from the ground. Even those who said it was expensive admitted that for first-time visitors to Seattle, it's a must-see.
You can avoid the steep admission charge ($22 for adults and $14 for children ages 5 to 12) by purchasing a CityPASS that includes admission to additional attractions or by combining your Space Needle ticket with the entrance fee to the Chihuly Garden and Glass located next door.
The Space Needle is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood (about a mile north of downtown Seattle), and the observation deck is open every day from 8 a.m. to midnight (the restaurant operates on its own hours). There are several parking lots and garages nearby, or you can hop on the monorail to the Seattle Center stop. For more information, check out the Space Needle website.
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