I love the Space Needle – it’s such a fun addition to the Seattle skyline that really makes it unique! It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, which is kind of hard to believe! We’ve had a lot of friends visiting this summer, so I’ve had a couple opportunities recently to go up to the top.
We got lucky with an absolutely perfect day. It was an amazing view of Seattle with Mount Rainier in the background!
The observation deck goes all the way around the Space Needle, giving you a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Here’s the view over South Lake Union, and you can even see Mt. Baker in the distance.
Love this view of the Olympic Mountains.
I’m glad we ended up going on such a clear day!
When you first get in line to go up in the Space Needle, they take your picture in front of a green screen. Then when you get to the top you can choose from several different backgrounds and email yourself the picture. This is such a fun idea and so awesome of them to provide you these pictures for free!
They even have a camera positioned on the observation deck so you can get a shot of your group and the skyline!
After getting the views from above, make sure you stop in the park beneath the Space Needle. The International Fountain is so fun on a hot summer day!
The last thing I love about the Space Needle is the monorail! It also was built for the World’s Fair and is a great, quick way to get downtown after your visit. It runs about every ten minutes between Seattle Center and Westlake Station, at 5th and Pine downtown.