The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle. It was built in 1962 for the worlds fair and attracts around 20,000 daily visitors.
Some interesting Facts:
- When built it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi Rover (now it's not even the tallest in Seattle, it's now the sixth in Seattle)
- It's 184 metres (605 ft) high
- 42 metres (138 ft) wide
- Weight 9,550
Due to Seattle's climate, it was built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and up to 9.1 magnitude earthquakes. The tower has 25 lightning rods.
At 160 metres (520ft) the views from the observation deck are stunning, on a clear day you can see the whole of downtown Seattle skyline as well as Mount Rainier, Baker and Elliott Bay. There is a restaurant at 150 metres (500 ft).
Don't worry there are no steps up to the top. There are several elevators which whisk you up to the Observation deck at 10 miles per hour meaning you reach the top in only 41 seconds. On windy days they slow to just 5 miles an hour.
Since 1999 the Needle has been classified as a historic landmark.
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I recently visited the top of the space needle for my first time and although there was construction going on and I couldn't lap the top, the view and experience that I did get was still incredible and Im looking forward to going back up when the construction is finished. It looks like they're doing some pretty cool renovations to it.