Seattle’s Icon: The Space Needle
Seattle's Space Needle is also home to the SkyCity revolving restaurant
13 May 2022
Sunset at Seattle's Space Needle /
Sunset at Seattle's Space Needle / @angelikakade

The Space Needle is a tower located in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is a landmark of the Pacific Northwest and a symbol of Seattle. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. It was built in the early 1960s and is currently the tallest structure in the city.

History and construction

Construction of the Space Needle in 1961
Construction of the Space Needle in 1961

The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew more than 2.3 million visitors to Seattle. The exhibition was intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition, also held in Seattle. Thus, the Space Needle became an icon of that world fair and of Seattle itself. It was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.

Today, the Space Needle is a major tourist destination, with over a million visitors per year, and is also home to the SkyCity restaurant at its peak. It offers an observation deck 500 feet (152 m) above ground level and a rotating SkyCity restaurant 500 feet (152 m) above ground level with views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. There is also a gift shop located on the ground floor.

SkyCity revolving restaurant

SkyCity revolving restaurant located at the top of the Space Needle
SkyCity revolving restaurant located at the top of the Space Needle

Seattle's Space Needle is home to one of the most unique and amazing restaurants in the world – SkyCity. Located at the top of the Space Needle, SkyCity offers stunning 360-degree views of Seattle and the surrounding area.

SkyCity is more than just a restaurant – it's an experience. From the moment you step off the lift, you will be mesmerized by the incredible view. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide unobstructed views of Seattle, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal or cocktail while taking in the view.

The atmosphere inside the SkyCity restaurant
The atmosphere inside the SkyCity restaurant

The menu at SkyCity features locally sourced seasonal ingredients and offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a light lunch or a multi-course dinner, you'll find plenty of delicious options to choose from. And don't forget to save room for dessert! The SkyCity team works with local pastry chefs to create unique and appetizing desserts that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Apart from its great food and views, SkyCity is also known for its great service. The knowledgeable and friendly staff are dedicated to making your dining experience a memorable one. They will go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need, from answering any questions you may have about the menu to making sure your wine glass is always full.

Caesar salad at SkyCity restaurant
Caesar salad at SkyCity restaurant
Crabcakes
Crabcakes
Scallop
Scallop
Beef steak and string beans
Beef steak and string beans

Food photos: seattletimes.com

If you're looking for a truly unique dining experience, head to SkyCity at Seattle's Space Needle. From its stunning location to its delicious food and impeccable service, SkyCity is sure to exceed your expectations.

Space Needle in various movies

The Space Needle has been featured in many films over the years, including Sleepless in Seattle and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle movie poster, set in Seattle's Space Needle
Sleepless in Seattle movie poster, set in Seattle's Space Needle

In Sleepless in Seattle, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son after his wife dies. Sam's son calls a radio talk show to find his father a new wife and Sam finally meets Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) aboard the Space Needle. They fell in love and got married, even though they had never met in person before.

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey movie poster, set in the Seattle's Space Needle
Fifty Shades of Grey movie poster, set in the Seattle's Space Needle

In Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) goes to interview Christian Gray (Jamie Dornan) in his office, which is located in the Space Needle. Christian takes him to the observation deck where they talk about their relationship. Later, Christian takes Anastasia on a helicopter ride around Seattle where the Space Needle is clearly visible.

The Space Needle seen at 1:35 minutes in Fifty Shades of Grey

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