Space Needle

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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.

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
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $127 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,733 reviews)
"Great front desk staff. Great communication from hotel."

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2021

Mediterranean Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $151 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Washington State Convention Center and Moore Theater ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,778 reviews)
"I’m highly recommend this place to stay for visitors. The room is clean, but a bit small. But the location, the staff are pretty good."

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2021

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Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $142 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District and Washington State Convention Center. Pike Place Market and Seattle ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,283 reviews)
"Great location! And great service"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2021

Sheraton Grand Seattle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $115 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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The price is CA $151 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
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The price is CA $127 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $142 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $142 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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The price is CA $137 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
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