Space Needle.

The Space Needle

Field review by the editors.

Seattle, Washington

Built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Space Needle is one of the world's most recognizable examples of "Googie" architecture. It's the American version of the Eiffel Tower, and the first international icon with a revolving restaurant on top.

Some facts to consider if you're thinking of visiting the Space Needle: The structure is over 600 feet tall. Its original name was "The Space Cage." There are 848 steps to the top (but everyone takes the elevator) -- the puny Statue of Liberty has only 354. Bruce Lee brought his future wife here on their first date. The Space Needle was designed by a man whose most famous previous work was a shopping mall.

In 2014 the Space Needle introduced a number of geeky add-ons to its observation deck, including "augmented reality" photo spots, a virtual reality kiosk, and special selfie-cams that offer vantage points for those who would rather look at themselves than the view.

The Space Needle

Address:
400 Broad St., Seattle, WA
Directions:
I-5 exit 167 (Mercer St./Seattle Center). get in right lane and turn right onto Fairview Ave. N., then turn left onto Valley St./Broad St. Drive a half-mile, turn right onto 4th Ave. N.
Hours:
M-Th 10-11, F-Sa 9:30-11:30, Su 9:30-11 (Call to verify)
Phone:
206-905-2100
Admission:
Adults $19-$26
RA Rates:
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