Visiting the Space Needle

I think one of the first images anyone sees of Seattle is the Space Needle and no wonder it was one of the tops spots my family wanted to visit in Seattle. And it being part of the attractions you can visit with the Seattle City Pass made it even easier!

Space Needle
Space Needle

Even though it was a cold morning we decided to walk from our hotel, The Westin Seattle (which we highly recommend), to the Space Needle. It was about 20 minutes walk along the rail of the Monorail and it was not that bad (considering the cold).

View of the Space Needle from our room at The Westin Downtown Seattle
View of the Space Needle from our room at The Westin Downtown Seattle

The Space Needle was built in 1961 and opened in 1962 for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and has been a symbol of the city ever since. Maybe due to the cold, there weren’t any lines to take the elevator up the tower, and the elevator operator was very nice, like everyone we met in Seattle. Once up there, the views were amazing!

View from the Space Needle
View from the Space Needle
View of downtown Seattle from the Space Needle
View of downtown Seattle from the Space Needle

We read about many cool facts that happened at the tower…

UFO conspiracy
UFO conspiracy
The King of Rock and Roll filmed there!
The King of Rock and Roll filmed there!
Buzz Aldrin was there
Buzz Aldrin was there
And Mudhoney played atop the tower for the Silver Jubilee of Sub Pop Records
And Mudhoney played atop the tower for the Silver Jubilee of Sub Pop Records

The visit was fairly quick and on our way back, we hopped on the Seattle Monorail (another symbol of the 1962 World’s Fair) to go back to our hotel, which happened to be close to the last stop, Westlake Center Station.

Seattle Monorail station by the Space Needle
Seattle Monorail station by the Space Needle
The Monorail!
The Monorail!
The Seattle Monorail station at Westlake Center
The Seattle Monorail station at Westlake Center

And of course, I could not forget to mention our trusty and great trip planner, the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Seattle, which was an awesome source of information before and during our trip…

The DK Eyewitness Top 10 Seattle with the Space Needle in the background
The DK Eyewitness Top 10 Seattle with the Space Needle in the background

If Seattle is in your travel plans, this is a great resource. And when in Seattle, do not skip a ride on the Monorail and a visit to the Space Needle!

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