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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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    4.3
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    Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is steps away from Key Arena and SIFF Film Center. Seattle Children's Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theater are also within 10 minutes.

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      4.6
      of 5, from 2,135 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).

      MarQueen Hotel £93
      MarQueen Hotel

      MarQueen Hotel

      600 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 2,084 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Queen Anne, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Repertory Theater and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Space Needle and Seattle Center are also within 15 minutes.

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        The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

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          4.3
          of 5, from 2,336 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

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          La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown

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          2224 8th Ave, Seattle
             
            4.2
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            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cinerama, Nordstrom and Space Needle. Museum of Pop Culture and Washington State Convention Center are also within 15 minutes.

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            Sheraton Seattle Hotel

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              4.3
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              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Seattle hotel is located by the sea, just steps away from ACT Theatre and Washington State Convention Center. Nordstrom and Pike Place Market are also within 10 minutes.

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              The Westin Seattle

              The Westin Seattle

              1900 5th Ave, Seattle
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 3,450 reviews
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                Located in Belltown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nordstrom and Pike Place Market. Washington State Convention Center and Seattle Great Wheel are also within 15 minutes.

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                Seattle Marriott Waterfront

                2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 1,387 reviews
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                  Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps away from Seattle Waterfront and Steinbrueck Native Gallery. Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Seattle Aquarium are also within 5 minutes.