A Visit To the Iconic Seattle Space Needle – Day 56

A Visit To the Iconic Seattle Space Needle – Day 56
03 Nov

Long before we ever arrived in Seattle, we knew that a visit to the Space Needle was a must! And after visiting the area and spending the admission fee to head to the top, I have to admit, it was money worth spent!

However, after spending the first few days in the Seattle area, we began to question if it was worth the visit or not.

When we visit any area, we always ask the locals on the best things to do and experience while in town. And not one person mentioned the Space Needle.

space needle
The view from the bottom of the Seattle Space Needle is almost as impressive as the view from the top.

In fact, every time that we mention heading to the Space Needle, everyone we talk to tells us the same story.

All we hear is that ‘we haven’t been there in years’ or that ‘it’s over priced’.

However, because we don’t know if we will ever be in this area again, we took the risk and decided to pay the fee so that we can experience this iconic attraction.

The Seattle Space Needle

The Seattle Space Needle was originally designed to be a focus for the World’s Fair in 1962.

Seattle from the Space Needle
The unobstructed, 360 degree views from the top of the Space Needle are absolutely breathtaking.

The theme, Century 21 Exposition, inspired the futuristic building that included a UFO like ship perched up high in the sky.

It took just 8 months to build and it officially opened on the first day of the 1962 World’s Fair.

Millions of visitors enter the iconic building each year, including famous individuals such as Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Bob Hope, and Billy Graham.

Although you will hear many stories of people that have visited the Space Needle, it has changed quite a bit over the years.

mary and jim space needle
Joining the ranks of many famous people, we also enjoyed the views from the top!

After the world’s fair, the building hosted a radio broadcast booth. And then in later years another section was added for meeting rooms, reception halls, weddings.

No More Revolving Restaurant

But the most popular attraction has always been the revolving restaurant, located just one floor below the observation deck.

rotating glass floor
The rotating glass for is the only one in the world! And if you get over your fear of looking at the street below, you can take time to watch the gears as they rotate the floor beneath your feet.

However, in 2017, that restaurant was closed during the Century Renovation Project. Although you could still make it to the top of the tower, the restaurant no longer existed.

Now that the renovations are complete, the observation level has open-air glass walls and glass benches around the perimeter for unobstructed viewing.

3-D spiders
No, this wasn’t a Halloween decoration. These spiders were painted specifically for the enjoyment of the visitors to the top of the Space Needle.

And where the restaurant once was, you can now enjoy the world’s first, and only, rotating glass floor that looks down to the street level below.

The views from the ride up and down on the elevator, on the 360 degree observation deck, and looking through the glass floor were all simply amazing.

And if you were wondering if it was worth the admission price, the answer would be YES!

Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary


  • Day 56 of 365
  • States Visited 9 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
  • Stayed In : Issaquah, Washington
  • Miles Driven : 8.4
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 7035.1
  • Total Gallons Used : 528.95
  • Biking Miles : 4.6
  • Biking Miles To Date : 133.0
  • Hiking Miles : 0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 136.7

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8 thoughts on “A Visit To the Iconic Seattle Space Needle – Day 56

  1. I went to the Worlds Fair in ’62 and it was fantastic. I didn’t go up into the Space Needle as I have a phobia of heights. Glad to see that you were able to make it though.

    1. Wow, what a great experience that must have been! I hope you enjoyed the pictures from the Space Needles without too much fear :).

  2. I always enjoy reading about your travels and experiences! Thank you for sharing, how blessed you are to be able to do this, and Smart to do it while you’re still young enough to be Able to do it, ha!!!!! Safe travels to you!!

    1. Thank you Debra. We are enjoying the journey and yes, we are happy that we can still get out and enjoy some of the activities that each area has to offer.

    1. Thank you so much! We love Washington and it was a pleasure to spend the night in Lacey as we travel over to the coast. Thank you for following our journey! Jim and Mary

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