Seattle Space Needle Review
The Seattle Space Needle is one of the most iconic American buildings and well worth a visit if you are cruising through Seattle. However, there are a few important things to know before you plan your visit. Located in the middle of downtown Seattle, the 510 foot building provides not only a beautiful landmark throughout the city, but amazing views of what we think is one of the best cities in the USA. Yes, it rains a lot, but that only helps you appreciate the sunny days more right?
Luckily, the Space Needle is such a tall landmark that you can walk right to it from any direction, all you have to do is look up. It is about a 15-20 walk from Pikes Place fish market, another must visit attraction in Seattle.
The first thing you have to know is the price. The Space Needle charges a whopping $19 just to get up to the observation tower. The views from the tower are beautiful and its very cool to be up so high and look out on Seattle, but probably not worth the price for the observation desk alone. Luckily for you, there is another, way better option. If you plan to make an evening out of your Space Needle visit, make a reservation at Sky City, the 5 star rotating restaurant perched high atop the needle. Each person is required to spend a minimum $35 on dinner, which doesn’t take much, but your reservation includes the observation deck as well, so it is worth it in the end.
The restaurant, called Sky City, has delicious food, all 5 star quality with a wide selection of local wines and beers. We had a particularly friendly waiter who took the time to describe all of the local beers, recommend a different one to each of us and let us sample them all, our favorites were the Space Needle Golden IPA and the local favorite Mac & Jacks. It was a wonderful dinner, and we each spent just over the $35 minimum. The coolest part about the entire experience is that the restaurant rotates 360 degrees! It completes a rotation every 90 minutes, just the perfect time for dinner and to see each part of the city just as the sun is setting. Its spectacular!
If you go for dinner, you have got to try the Lunar Orbiter dessert, easily the most famous in Seattle. It is not only absolutely delicious and more chocolate than any one human should be able to handle, but it is served with dry ice, which flows and covers your table when you receive it. Sometimes you are just forced to get desserts, deal with it!
NOTE: At the base of the Seattle Space Needle is the Chihuli Garden and Glass Museum, which is really cool! We didn’t even go in, I’m not sure it was even open, but the gardens are really cool and you can see many of the glass sculptures from the outside. You sort of find yourself saying “what in the world is all this?” but in a good way!
Jeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to forget them all.
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