Space Needle
Space Needle, Seattle, Washington | Photo Credit: Pixabay - 12019

The infamous Space Needle that stands in Seattle, Washington is one of the most famous landmarks in all of the United States. It soars 605 feet into the air, piercing into the skyline of the big city.

Opening in 1962, for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle became an instant icon for the city. Visitors to Seattle could not wait for a trip to the observation deck at the top. The view allows guests to see for miles. It was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. During the fair, 20,000 people a day would take a ride to the top.

It takes 41 seconds to reach the top of the space needle from the ground floor via an elevator. The elevator travels at ten miles per hour, but can be slowed to five depending on the wind speeds. However, the Space Needle was engineered to withstand 200 mile per hour winds and 9.0 magnitude earthquakes.

View from the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington
View from the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington | Photo Credit: Wikipedia – Kingofthedead

Today, visitors can still reach those scenic views from atop the needle. In fact, there is a rotating restaurant at the top as well. The views from the restaurant allow for 360° stunning panoramas.

Tickets are required to go inside the Space Needle, but combo passes to other local attractions can be purchased for one bundled price. For more information about hours and admission, please visit the official website here.

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