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Seeing Seattle from Space (Needle)

If you could see one thing in Seattle, go to that one place that shows you everything, suggests the brochure of the most popular structure of the city. Now,...
Space Needle, Seattle

If you could see one thing in Seattle, go to that one place that shows you everything, suggests the brochure of the most popular structure of the city. Now, if you look at the skyline of the city of Seattle in Washington State, you will see that there is one building that stands out like nothing else — The Space Needle.

After chancing upon several photographs of this structure, and reading about the design of this structure, I’d been looking forward to seeing this specimen of engineering excellence (It is said, it handle winds up to 200 mph and brave severe lightening and even made to brave an earthquake up to the magnitude of 9.1, considering it is on the US west coast).

We had Space Needle on the top of our list of Things-to-do-in-Seattle. Now if you know these parts well, you also know that it lies in a part of the United States that is wet for most of the year. So we had to keep looking at the local weather forecasts and looking out for a sunny day that only plays cameos even in Spring. That found, we booked our tickets online (this is advised) and made a dash for Space Needle as soon as we got to Emerald city.

Space Needle, Seattle
Space Needle standing 605 ft tall.

I hear this place get over a million visitors a year. Here’s why:

Space Needle, Seattle
A view of the city of Seattle and Elliot Bay, WA
Space Needle, Seattle
Seattle from 520 ft.
Space Needle, Seattle
Lake Union and more of Seattle.
Space Needle, Seattle
Puget Sound

Now, these spectacular 360 degree views can also be taken in after sun down, when Emerald City turns into a sparkling city. We visited in May when the days had already gotten longer and that meant that the sun doesn’t set until around 8:30 in the evening. Having visited this observation tower before noon, we went about ticking some other points on the to-do lit. Later, after we were done with all that we had planned for the day, we were back at Space Needle before dark and that meant waiting in a longer line, even though we had already picked up tickets for our second visit to this landmark.

It also meant we had to wait for the long day to meet the night. In spite of the wait, we were up on the observation deck before dark. While we waited for night to take over the scene, we picked up some Starbucks coffee and some chips, found a table and sat down to watch the show of the sky turning from orange to grey and then a deep blue and the city lights slowly coming on till it felt like we were looking down at Seattle from a plane that was awaiting permission to land.

It was a totally different scene at night: bright lights ornamenting the tall buildings of Seattle, the boats of Union Lake, the clearly cut-out waterfront area that overlooks Elliot Bay and Puget Sound and the Seattle Wheel are just some of them. Up there at night, I could even see the lights of cars zipping down Interstate 5 (I-5); at first, I thought it was a train rushing by.

My night-time photos from the Space Needle are not the best. Most of them ended up with some glares from the Sky Cafe as there was no escaping the glass exterior of the Observation Desk.

After-dark sights from the Space Needle

Space Needle, Seattle
Space Needle, Seattle
Space Needle, Seattle
Space Needle, Seattle
Note:
  • I recommend buying tickets online. You can pick a time that suits you. If you’d like to see Seattle from Space Needle during the day and after dark, you could take the day/night pass or combine your Space Needle visit with Chihuly Garden of Glass, just next door. If you are doing the latter you won’t have to bother about parking while you visit the second attraction. Btw, there’s valet parking also. (Click here for tickets and types of tickets.)
  • Sunny days are best days for views from Space Needle. If you’d like to see night views and city lights, you might want to make bookings for night viewing as well. If you are into photography, I’m sure even rainy and cloudy days –which this place has no dearth of — will give you lots of photo opportunities.
  • Attention, Mommies and daddies – Strollers are not allowed into the sky deck. But the baby car seats can be carried to the top. You can leave your strollers in the stroller-parking area, close to ground level. 
  • When we visited, my baby-number-2 was just a few months old. I carried her around in a baby carrier. Wearing her on me made it easy to walk around the Sky deck and take in the 360-degree views. (Hubby offered to take over when I decided to go get some pictures of the view.)
  • Wheelchairs are allowed inside.
  • You might want to take some warm clothing, it can get cold up there. 
Oh, and there is a revolving restaurant up there, just below the observation deck.

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  • Annemor
    13 July 2015 at 9:19 am
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    • dNambiar
      13 July 2015 at 10:06 pm
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      My pleasure, Annemor.
      Thank YOU. 🙂
      You too. 🙂

  • jandi
    13 July 2015 at 11:53 am
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    This was really interesting + those views are spectacular! Wow!

    • dNambiar
      13 July 2015 at 10:07 pm
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      Spectacular indeed.
      The evening up there was so, so beautiful.
      Thank you for visiting, Jandi. 🙂

  • marsha
    13 July 2015 at 12:56 pm
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    great views…I have to get to Seattle one day soon!

    • dNambiar
      13 July 2015 at 10:08 pm
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      You have to, Marsha.
      You might want to go in summer, just so you don't find yourself there on a rainy day. 🙂

  • Andrea Priebe
    13 July 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    Oh, you bring back memories … I was up there maybe ten years ago (amazing how time flies) and saw all of these beautiful views. I didn't, however, get to see it at night, so that was a surprise. Thank you D., this was a real pleasure …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

    • dNambiar
      13 July 2015 at 10:10 pm
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      Time does fly, doesn't it?
      You're so welcome, Andrea. You should totally go 'catch the lights' at night. 😉
      Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Ravish Mani
    13 July 2015 at 8:03 pm
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    Amazing views, Divya. Never heard about it before. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      13 July 2015 at 10:11 pm
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      I have a thing for views like this. So I was dying to go see this place. I'm glad it happened.
      Now you have (heard about it) 😉 The pleasure is mine, Ravish. 🙂

  • Sylvia K
    13 July 2015 at 11:02 pm
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    Ah, yes!! I lived in Seattle for a number of years and still travel there frequently from my current home In Portland, OR. It's a great city and the Space Needle is indeed awesome!! Great post for the day, thanks for the memories!!

    • dNambiar
      14 July 2015 at 8:25 pm
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      Hi Sylvia,
      Welcome here.
      I'm sure Seattle is a great city. And Portland is too. Gosh! The Pacific Northwest is so beautiful. I hope you are enjoying the sunny days. 🙂
      Thank YOU, Sylvia for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  • Prasad Np
    14 July 2015 at 5:05 am
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    What a breathtaking view both from Inside the needle and of the needle;. Just now I was reading updates from a friend who is attending Moz con and then comes this… Seattle is in news 🙂

    • dNambiar
      14 July 2015 at 8:33 pm
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      Breathtaking indeed. And I just came across a story on minimum wages and tips in restaurants in Seattle. Looks like it IS in the news.
      Lemme pretend this is the lead story (in travel, atleast) :D.

      Thank you, Prasad.

  • Meghana Hassan
    14 July 2015 at 8:21 am
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    Wow amazing view, thank you for taking us through the tour of the beautiful Seattle..

    • dNambiar
      14 July 2015 at 8:35 pm
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      You're welcome, Meghana.
      And thank you.

  • R Niranjan Das
    14 July 2015 at 9:13 am
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    Gorgeous night views!

    • dNambiar
      14 July 2015 at 8:37 pm
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      I wish I had better pictures.
      (it looked awesome with all those lights).

      Thank you, Nomad. 🙂

  • Saru Singhal
    14 July 2015 at 7:04 pm
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    WOW! Seattle means rain, rain and more rain. You were wise to check for weather before making trip plans. Night view is gorgeous. I have never been to a high rise landmark, I wish I could see one city like this.

    • dNambiar
      14 July 2015 at 8:39 pm
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      Yes, the Pacific Northwest means — a whole lot of rain.
      I haven't done justice to the night view, I swear.

      You should. It is quite a visual treat, Saru.

  • Photo Cache
    14 July 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 12:07 am
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      You bet it is. 🙂

      Thank you for your visit and your comment. 🙂

  • magiceye
    15 July 2015 at 12:55 am
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    City well captured in day and night Divya!!

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 12:19 am
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      Thank you, Magiceye. It was a marvellous sight!

      I wish my night pics were better tho' — without those reflections, I mean. The city looked splendid at night.

  • Rachna
    15 July 2015 at 4:22 am
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    So beautiful!

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 12:19 am
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      You should have seen it at night — like in person, Rachna.
      I didn't want to leave. It was gorg.

  • Maitreni Mishra
    15 July 2015 at 7:20 am
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    This seems spectacular… You brought entire Seattle to me… amazingly detailed post! Loved it! 🙂

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 1:10 am
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      It's so nice to know you felt like you saw some of Seattle through this post. That's the best feeling 🙂
      Thank you, Maitreni.

  • Sri Kri
    15 July 2015 at 9:48 am
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    Picturesque views.Excellent and detailed post.Had a delightful virtual tour.

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 1:13 am
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      Very picturesque indeed. I love views like this. 🙂
      Thank you, Sriram. It feels so good to know you enjoyed the virtual tour.

  • Amit Agarwal
    15 July 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    Amazing views Divya:) Thank you for this virtual trip:)

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 1:14 am
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      The views WERE amazing. I only wish I had better night shots — without those reflections.
      Thank YOU, Amit. 🙂

  • Somali K Chakrabarti
    15 July 2015 at 2:05 pm
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    Oh my my! Touching the clouds up in the sky. Its a visual treat of Seattle from the Space Needle D.

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 1:14 am
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      Visual treat indeed.
      I can never get enough of sights like this. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Somali. 🙂

  • NatureFootstep
    15 July 2015 at 5:28 pm
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    I love your night scenes. Looks very nice 🙂

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 1:15 am
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      Thank you Monica. Those scenes were prettier than they look in the pics.

  • Rajesh
    15 July 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    Great series of images.

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 1:15 am
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      Thanks a ton, Rajesh.

  • Indrani
    16 July 2015 at 5:08 am
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    Cool! I like the protection provided, gives me a great sense of safety sitting here in Bangalore. Great shots!

    • dNambiar
      16 July 2015 at 10:05 pm
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      Haha!
      Actually, yeah — it's pretty safe up there. I didn't feel any other way. But for people with acrophobia…I dunno.
      Thank you, Indrani.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    16 July 2015 at 11:17 pm
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    Yet another place I now yearn to visit after reading this lovely post and equally enticing pics, Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      21 July 2015 at 1:05 pm
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      I'm so, so glad to hear that, Mr. Bhatia. You made my day. I hope you get to see Seattle soon and yes — see it from the top of this observation tower too. 🙂

      I hope you are doing well. 🙂

  • Kalpanaa M
    17 July 2015 at 5:36 am
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    I love your night time photos from the Space needle. Haven't ever been to Seattle but my interest was piqued by it thanks to Grey's Anatomy – hehehehe – and now your fabulous shots and description.

    • dNambiar
      21 July 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      Thank you, Kalpana.
      Yeah, shows and books (and now blogs 😉 ) really do take you places, don't they.

      Thanks again, Kalpana. 🙂

  • Nisha Jha
    18 July 2015 at 2:13 am
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    It always gives a different perspective when you see the city from above. Isn't it? And at night time, it becomes even more interesting.

    P.S.- Request you to enable Name/Url option for commenting. I can comment it from anywhere. Here, I am forced to login to my blogger profile instead of independent one.

    • dNambiar
      21 July 2015 at 1:28 pm
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      It does, Nisha. I love views like this and trying to figure out all that I can spot from up there.
      Thank you so much for visiting.

      I've done that, Nisha. I thought the Open ID would be enough coz that option let me keep anonymous visitors at bay. 🙂

      Thanks again, Nisha.

  • Alok singhal
    19 July 2015 at 12:15 pm
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    Awesome pictures, i loved you putting together both day and night ones! I am amazed it survived earthquake of that magnitude!

    Must visit if we go to Seattle.

    • dNambiar
      21 July 2015 at 1:30 pm
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      Thank you so much. Alok.
      I meant, it is supposed to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude. This is the Pacific Ring of Fire, after all.

      Yes you must. It's a great city.
      Thanks again, Alok.

  • Team BlogAdda
    21 July 2015 at 6:58 am
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    Congratulations ! Your blog post has been featured in the Tangy Tuesday edition of 21st July at BlogAdda. Cheers :)

    • dNambiar
      21 July 2015 at 1:31 pm
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      Thank you so much for picking me, Blogadda.
      It sure feels great to be featured after a long time. Cheers!

  • Team BlogAdda
    21 July 2015 at 7:11 am
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    • dNambiar
      21 July 2015 at 1:33 pm
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      And thank you for the link. I first checked under the featured post and didn't find it.
      It was from the link you guys sent that I figured it was on the Blogadda blog.
      Thanks again, and Cheers, back!

  • a Rat
    22 July 2015 at 1:53 am
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    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:30 pm
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      Thank a bunch, Meera. 🙂

  • Kokila Gupta
    12 August 2015 at 4:24 pm
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    Now that's a virtual tour dear ! loved it … so that's why some people are sleepless in Seattle 😛

    • dNambiar
      21 August 2015 at 8:56 am
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      Thank you, Kokila. 🙂
      haha!
      If I lived in Seattle, I would have loved to spend my sleepless nights on this tower and watch the lights come in and go out. (even watch the natural lights come on again. 🙂 )

  • umashankar
    15 March 2016 at 2:45 am
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    Breathtaking views, of both daytime and nighttime shots, accompanied with your useful tips, as usual.

    • dNambiar
      7 July 2016 at 4:34 pm
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      It's feels great to hear that from you, USP. Thank you so much for you continued support and encouragement. 🙂

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