The Space Needle in Seattle – “The 400 Day Wonder”

Space Needle 2Many moons ago I lived in Seattle for a couple of years. Regrettably, I never had a chance to do many attractions like Pike Place Market, Microsoft, Boeing, or the WA State Capitol in Olympia. Sadly, I was never able to take a ride to the top of the Space Needle, however I was finally able to on our list visit to Seattle. I was so glad I was finally able to do this, as it was truly amazing.Space Needle 1

For those of you who may not know, the Space Needle was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. There was a record-breaking goal of being built in a little over a year, to be featured at the opening of the World’s Fair on April 21, 1962. When construction was successfully finished in 400 days, US Steel dubbed the Space Needle “The 400 Day Wonder.” It is 605 feet high, 138 feet wide, weighs 9,550 tons and was built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour as well as earthquakes of up to a 9.1 magnitude. That was crazy to learn, but does help you feel a little safer while you are up there.

Space Needle 3We hadn’t bought tickets before we got there, so we just went up to one of the little kiosk booths and purchased them right there on to the spot. They are timed, but there was a long line so we got in line and slowly made our way to the elevators. Right before we got to the front of the line they had people taking pictures of your group. The nice thing is they are digital so you can save them and share them (like I did above)Space Needle 4We took a short ride in their glass elevator up 520 feet to their Observation Desk. From there we were able to get our first 360 views of what they call the Emerald City. You can walk around the entire observation deck either outside or inside depending on the weather. I have to say that I actually left later that afternoon with a little bit of a sunburn, which is quite rare in Seattle. I mean who bring suntan lotion to Seattle, lol I lived there for a few years and I do not remember 4-5 days in a row with so much sun. Sounds almost like an oxymoron, sunburn and Seattle, lol.


Space Needle 5On a side note, we were there the morning before the Angels played the Mariners at Safeco Field and I was quite pleased to run into quite a few Angels Fans J  Even ran into a couple later that night at the game. It was so much fun even if it was quite a warm day.  We just kept going in and out and grabbed a couple of drinks at their little snack bar. Space Needle 6While walking around, besides the city, we were able to see Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, Lake Washington, just to name a few. We also enjoyed watching a few ships come and go. It was nice that it is timed to go up, but no limit on how long you can be up there. It would have been nice to have planned it like we did at some of the other towers, but we had the game. It would be nice to visit again sometime in the evening and have dinner at their restaurant called SkyCity. It is quite pricey, but it does include a visit to the observation deck. Space Needle 7As i sit and write this post, I find it funny to think about it now, but in the last year, we have been able to tour the Empire State Building, The Willis (Sears) Tower, the Space Needle, and Lookout Tower at Harbour Centre . Such an amazing blessing that wasn’t even planned, it just sort of fell together. I didn’t really even realize all of this happened in the last year until I was putting this post together. Hope you enjoyed my post. Please feel free to share your experiences at one of these amazing city highlights in the comments below.

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