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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
CURRENT TRIP STATS
- 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
About Our Living Simple Tour
On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States