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.

Top Hotels Close to Space Needle

The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
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The price is $189 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Seattle. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and free bicycles on site. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,667 reviews)
"Centrally located to many points of interest"

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The Belltown Inn
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $229 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Seattle. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,800 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

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Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $295 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seattle. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3,416 reviews)
"Alexis was a great host! She checked us in early, gave us a room with a beautiful view, and made us feel at home when ever we saw her. I want to point out a time in particular, where my wife returned from an activity where she sprained her ankle. Alexis took notice and sent ice up to our room so ..."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

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The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is $189 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Mediterranean Inn
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3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $229 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $295 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
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The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $234 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is $199 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
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Executive Hotel Pacific
Executive Hotel Pacific
3 out of 5
400 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is $209 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Hotel Max
Hotel Max
3.5 out of 5
620 Stewart, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $256 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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MarQueen Hotel
MarQueen Hotel
3.5 out of 5
600 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $256 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
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Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
3 out of 5
201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $289 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
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