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Space Needle

Space Needle

Space Needle

Quick facts about Space Needle

The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, United States is a massive observation tower. It is a landmark of the town and is considered a Seattle symbol. It was constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle Center, which attracted more than 2.3 million people. During the event nearly 20,000 people used its elevators daily. Once west of Mississippi River’s tallest structure, it is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) long, and weights 9,550 short tons (8,660 tonnes). It’s built to withstand up to 200 mph (320 km / h) winds and up to 9.0 magnitude earthquakes, as powerful as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. It has 25 rods of lightning, as well. The Space Needle has a 520 ft (160 m) observation deck and the revolving SkyCity restaurant is 500 ft (150 m) away. From the top of the Needle you can see the skyline of downtown Seattle as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding Islands.

Visitors can use elevators that fly at 10 mph (16 km/h) to reach the top of the Space Needle. The ride will take 41 seconds. The elevators slow to 5 mph (8.0 km/h) on windy days. On April 19, 1999, it was declared a historic landmark by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board. The restaurant on the tower was closed for business in September 2017 as part of a $100 million renovation. The redesign included installing a new rotational motor and see-through glass floors in the restaurant room, as well as replacing the wire enclosure of the observation deck with glass panels.

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Top hotels near Space Needle

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

This downtown Seattle hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features numerous award-winning dining choices on site. Each guest room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel includes cable TV and a minibar. Designer toiletries and terry robes...

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

This hotel is located 2 km from the Space Needle in downtown Seattle. This hotel has a complete spa, infinity pool on the rooftop and fireplace outdoors. Each guest room is decorated in the Northwest style with details of wood...

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Kimpton Alexis Hotel

Kimpton Alexis Hotel is located in Seattle's city centre, a 5-minute walk from the waterfront and the Seattle Ferry Terminal. A flat-screen cable TV is available in the rooms. Many other attractions, including CenturyLink Field, Safeco Field and Pike Place...

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Interesting facts about Space Needle

  • The Space Needle’s original proposed name was “The Space Cage”.
  • Visitors usually use elevators, but you can climb to the top via 848 stairs (if you are in a good shape).
  • The restaurant on the top is the most expensive restaurant in Seattle. No wonder with that spectacular view.
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