Step Inside the Space Needle in Seattle

Seattle’s most iconic landmark got its start as a flying saucer sketch on a napkin.

It took 400 days to build the Space Needle, which officially opened to the public on April 21, 1962 for the space age-themed Century 21 Exposition World’s Fair.

Since then, nearly 60 million people have visited the building – among the most recognizable in the world.

While most Seattleites and visitors are already familiar with the tower’s curving, wasp-waisted silhouette, many might not recognize the interior, especially after undergoing a $100 million renovation

The original pony walls and security caging on the outdoor observation level are gone, replaced with open-air glass walls that tilt out toward the city.

The 500-foot level that used to be a revolving restaurant is now The Loupe, an observation space with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and the world’s first and only revolving glass floor.

The Space Needle has always offered views of Seattle, with visitors now enjoying the views below the Space Needle, as well as the mechanics that help move The Loop on a full rotation every 45 minutes.

While you can’t actually bungee jump off the Space Needle, you can experience the thrill virtually, thanks to a new photo-realistic VR experience on the first floor.

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