(Photo by Richie Anothaisintavee & Natasha Nguyen)
Would you like to experience the wow? The Space Needle located in Seattle is a popular landmark to visit and will give you a wow factor for sure. The iconic spire is 605 feet tall that includes a rotating restaurant and observation deck. The Skyrisers is the observation deck. It is made with glass all around. Visitors can lean on the glass or sit on the glass bench to take in the breathtaking views of the city, the ocean, and the mountains. The deck also has a patio area for outdoor dining. This is where visitors can sip on drinks and nibble on bites as they soak in the sunset and night life. The Loupe level is where you can experience a rotating glass floor. This is also where the rotating restaurant is located. The Atmos Cafe and the Loupe Lounge are both temporarily closed during this time. The Space Needle is currently open with limited capacity.
In 1962, the Space Needle was built for Seattle's World Fair. The Needle was admired by 2.5 million visitors during the fair alone. The Seattle hotel executive, Edward Carlson, got the idea of creating the Needle by doodling on a napkin. He thought the Needle would be a great symbol for the Fair. His idea not only became a symbol for the Fair, but also the Space Needle became an official landmark for Seattle. It took about five investors to help build the Needle. John Graham, Jr., who is the Chief architect led the whole design. He created the top of the Needle to resemble a UFO and he also built the first rotating restaurant inside the Needle. **(NOTE: I've referenced all of this information from the Space Needle website.)**
The Needle is such an iconic landmark that I had to make sure to add it to my must do list. I bought tickets and made reservations for the Space Needle. This also included the visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. I wanted to go during sunset hours so that my boyfriend and I could experience both the day and night light. The history of the Needle was very interesting to learn about and how it was built. The structure alone was spectacular and it took 5,600 tons of concrete to build the foundation. The needle was completely magnificent from top to bottom. I was in awe with the striking views from the elevator as we were going up. I was even more awe-strucked when we got to the top and saw the city views from the Skyrisers deck. The rotating floors at the Loupe level was a really cool concept. It felt like we were moving along with the skyline of Seattle. It also felt like we were either floating or flying along the clouds. The rotating restaurant seemed like a fun and memorable experience. I would love to eat there one day in the future. Once we were done, we just lined up in front of the elevators to go back down and shopped for some souvenirs on the bottom floor. The whole experience at the Needle was very futuristic. It gave us a taste of space life and the beautiful skyline of Seattle.
(Photo by Natasha Nguyen)
(Photo by Richie Anothainsintavee)
**Please note that I referenced all of the facts from the Space Needle website**
Did you know it took 400 days to build the Space Needle?
Did you know that it took 74,000 bolts to put the Space Needle together?
Did you know there’s 848 stairs from the Needle’s basement to the observation deck?
Did you know that the Needle was built to withstand 200 miles per hour of wind?
The Space Needle is open from Mondays through Wednesdays from 12 pm to 5 pm , Thursdays to Fridays from 12 pm to 7 pm, and Saturdays to Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. Please check their website for updated information and business hours. They also provide elevating cleaning for the safety of the guests and team members.
400 Broad St,
Seattle, WA 98109
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