Saturday, October 15, 2011

Space Needle in Seattle

The Space Needle is a major landmark of Seattle. I would estimate that 99% of visitors to the city go up the Space Needle, so normally that would not be a place that we would visit. However, as the day was gorgeous, we decided to follow the standard touristy route and take an elevator up the Needle to see Seattle from up above.

The views from the top are indeed fantastic. The observation deck of the Space Needle is located at 520 feet (160 m) and the highest point of the Space Needle is at 605 feet (184 m). Therefore, on a good day, you can see as far as 100 miles from there and enjoy the views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. We could not see that far, as the sky was overcast outside of Seattle. Still, we got to enjoy the views of the Downtown Seattle, which made it worth going up the tower.

Seattle Skyline from the Space Needle:

Space Needle during the day:

Space Needle at night: