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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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MarQueen Hotel £148
MarQueen Hotel

MarQueen Hotel

600 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 2,104 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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    Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel

    Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel

    300 Roy St, Seattle
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 2,129 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).

      Mediterranean Inn £128
      Mediterranean Inn

      Mediterranean Inn

      425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 11,259 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is steps away from Key Arena and SIFF Film Center. Seattle Repertory Theater and On the Boards are also within 10 minutes.

        The Paramount Hotel £142
        The Paramount Hotel

        The Paramount Hotel

        724 Pine St, Seattle
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 3,248 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps away from Pacific Place and Nordstrom. Pike Place Market and Washington State Convention Center are also within 10 minutes.

          The Westin Seattle £173
          The Westin Seattle

          The Westin Seattle

          1900 5th Ave, Seattle
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 3,482 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            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.

            Quality Inn & Suites Hotel Seattle Center
            Quality Inn & Suites Hotel Seattle Center

            Quality Inn & Suites Hotel Seattle Center

            618 John Street, Seattle
               
              3.2
              of 5, from 1,546 reviews
              2.5 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 Pike Place Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown £114
              La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown

              La Quinta Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown

              2224 8th Ave, Seattle
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,987 reviews
                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 Seattle Center are also within 15 minutes.

                The Loyal Inn £108
                The Loyal Inn

                The Loyal Inn

                2301 8th Ave, Seattle
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 1,955 reviews
                  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 Seattle Center are also within 15 minutes.