Northwest Splendor: Visiting the Top of the Space Needle
March 10, 2016
The views of Seattle from the top of the Space Needle on a clear day are unparalleled in quality. Because the Space Needle stands alone, with no tall buildings surrounding it, you can get an unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of the area. Walking around the rim, you can see the downtown skyline, beautiful Mt. Rainier, ferries coming and going from Elliott Bay, shipping barges traveling through Puget Sound in front of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Union and Mt. Baker, and the Cascades peeking out behind Lake Washington. The view is stunning to say the least.
Or you can look straight down and see the monorail pass through the EMP, see down into the Chihuly museum gardens, ogle at the forced-perspective huge spiders on top of the armory, the international fountain, the Gates Foundation, and people just going about their business.
Inside on the observation deck you can share your photos from the top of the needle (don’t miss the selfie cam which faces downtown!) and explore Seattle more precisely using the high-zoom cameras and virtual tours, or watch a time-lapse of the view, seeing sunrise and the rise of the morning fog to sunset’s beautiful colors reflecting off the water. Make sure to sign the virtual guestbook as well!
The visual splendor and fun technology aren’t the only reasons to make the trip up the Space Needle, however. If you want to spend your time inside and out of the cold, you can visit SkyCity restaurant. SkyCity has the same great views with huge glass windows, and revolves so over the course of the meal you see all of the sights. The added perk of great food makes this a perfect place to bring family, friends, and build relationships.
If you go up the Space Needle to eat at SkyCity, the cost of admission is free! After the meal you can go up to the observation deck as well. The Space Needle is open daily from 10:00am to 9:30pm.