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Space Needle

Seattle’s skyline is instantly recognizable when you see this soaring slender structure, built as a showpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle rises 605 feet (184 meters), like a beacon towering over the city. Erected in 1962, this unique building resembles a futuristic flying saucer set on irregular legs. 

The views are great, whether you’re looking up at the Space Needle from the grounds of the Seattle Center or looking down from the observation platform. The views are beautiful on a cloudy day and absolutely breathtaking when it’s sunny.

The tower is a comfortable walk of just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) from downtown. Alternatively, enjoy a ride on the Monorail, which leaves every 10 minutes from Westlake Center mall at Fifth Avenue and stops at the base of the Space Needle. Elevators whisk visitors up to the enclosed observation deck in a matter of seconds. On a fine day, step outside and walk all around the outdoor terrace for 360-degree views of the surrounding city. Free telescopes are strategically placed around the outside observation area. To sit and enjoy the views, make a reservation for brunch, lunch or dinner at the rotating Sky City Restaurant at the top of “the Needle.” 

Children in particular will love exploring the surrounding Seattle Center, with its green spaces and great fountain, and carts selling popcorn and rope licorice. The Pacific Science Center, a sidewalk away from the Needle, is a fun place to spend a few hours. Take in a show at the IMAX Theater, or gaze at the stars in the Willard Smith Planetarium. If you’re hungry, the Center House offers an expansive food court and sometimes entertainment.

Browse the gift shop at the Space Needle for all kinds of space-themed souvenirs to take home as a memento. 

The Space Needle is located in lower Queen Anne, about a 10-minute drive from downtown. Parking for a fee is available.  It’s open year round, day and evening.


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Mediterranean Inn

Mediterranean Inn

425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
4.2
of 5, from 10,663 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Key Arena and SIFF Film Center. Seattle Children's Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theater are also within 10 minutes.

£70
The Belltown Inn

The Belltown Inn

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3.9
of 5, from 4,473 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cinerama, Space Needle and Nordstrom. Pike Place Market and Museum of Pop Culture are also within 15 minutes.

£80
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Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel

300 Roy St, Seattle
4.7
of 5, from 2,959 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Queen Anne, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, and Museum of Pop Culture. Space Needle and Nordstrom are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

110 6th Ave N, Seattle
4.4
of 5, from 1,838 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture and Seattle Center. Nordstrom and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall are also within 15 minutes.

£71
Best Western Executive Inn

Best Western Executive Inn

200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle
3.9
of 5, from 2,263 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture and Seattle Center. Nordstrom and Pike Place Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Inn At The Wac

Inn At The Wac

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The Westin Seattle

The Westin Seattle

1900 5th Ave, Seattle
4.2
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4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belltown, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Westlake Center and Nordstrom. Pike Place Market and Washington State Convention Center are also within 15 minutes.

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Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle
4.5
of 5, from 636 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps away from Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall are also within 10 minutes.