Space Needle

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Space Needle

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.

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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121
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The price is NT$3,822 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
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Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is NT$4,566 per night from May 24 to May 25
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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is NT$3,822 per night from May 30 to May 31
Warwick Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$6,399 per night from May 29 to May 30
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is NT$4,566 per night from May 24 to May 25
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The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is NT$3,822 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is NT$5,599 per night from May 30 to May 31
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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 NT$6,028 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
3 out of 5
110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is NT$5,303 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is NT$5,599 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Executive Hotel Pacific
Executive Hotel Pacific
3 out of 5
400 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is NT$3,822 per night from May 30 to May 31
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