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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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Belltown Waterfront Suites by Barsala

Belltown Waterfront Suites by Barsala

2334 Elliott Ave, Seattle
3.7
of 5, from 6 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belltown, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market, and Seattle Great Wheel. Space Needle and Nordstrom are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£112
Mediterranean Inn

Mediterranean Inn

425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
4.3
of 5, from 3,945 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Center of activity Set in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this hotel is 2 blocks from Seattle Center and 1.3 miles from Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle. Terminal 91 Cruise Facility is 1.5 miles from the hotel.

£111
Best Western Executive Inn

Best Western Executive Inn

200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle
3.9
of 5, from 862 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located within 2 blocks of the Seattle Center, the downtown monorail, and the towering Space Needle, this hotel is a mile from Seattle's world-famous Pike Place Market.

£133
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

110 6th Ave N, Seattle
4.4
of 5, from 674 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown is a 5-minute walk from Seattle's iconic Space Needle, offering unparalleled views of the city from its observation deck. Near the Needle, guests can hop on the monorail and ride downtown, where attractions like Pike Place, a century-old farmers market, await.

£137
Travelodge By The Space Needle

Travelodge By The Space Needle

200 6th Ave N, Seattle
3.4
of 5, from 750 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This smoke-free Seattle hotel is located 2 blocks from the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, and Seattle Center.

£133
Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel

Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel

300 Roy St, Seattle
4.7
of 5, from 1,281 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 mi (3 km).

£138
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 6th Ave, Seattle
4.3
of 5, from 2,098 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 35-story hotel rises above Seattle's shopping and entertainment district, within two blocks of the Paramount and 5th Avenue theaters and adjacent to the convention center.

£144
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle
4.5
of 5, from 246 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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