Far and away Seattle's most iconic structure, the Space Needle really isn't that old—built in 1962 for the World's Fair (along with several other buildings like the Pacific Science Center and Key Arena), it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. If you're lucky enough to catch it on a sunny day, the views really are outstanding, and the interesting interactive time-lapse video screens on the observation deck let you see Seattle's skyline at any hour. And, of course, a gigantic gift shop on the ground floor will take care of all your souvenir needs (for a price).
The Space Needle is located directly in front of the EMP Museum/Sci-fi Museum, so if you're feeling ambitious, you can get in a full day of sightseeing right here at the Seattle Center. The Pacific Science Center is a great spot for families, too.
At $22 per adult, it isn't cheap, but few can resist the pull of this quintessential Seattle attraction (shown here from inside Chihuly Garden and Glass, also in the Seattle Center). For a better deal, eat lunch in the revolving restaurant; entrees run $25-30 and the elevator ride and admission to the observation deck are included.
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5th Anniversary in Seattle
There's nothing better than seeing the Space Needle on a clear sunny day!
My boyfriend and I spent our 5th anniversary in Seattle and it was the most amazing time! If you're in the area, get a "City Pass" and visit the Space Needle, Aquarium, Day Cruise, EMP Museum, Zoo and Pacific Science Center. Worth every penny!!
SkyCity Restaurant offers breathtaking views of Seattle and Puget Sound from the dining room. The views, however, are equally matched by SkyCity's menu. Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield brings regionally sourced ingredients to a new level of mouthwatering. Try the Razor Clam and Corn Chowder with peppered bacon, or the Weathervane scallops with stonefruit-radish salad. Their extensive wine list features varietals from local and international vineyards.
SkyCity is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and every meal is accompanied by a free trip to the observation deck. The restaurant completes a full rotation every 47 minutes, so if you dine leisurely, you'll be able to take in the 360-degree views twice.