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Space Needle
Seattle’s Space Needle, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive icons, rises 605 feet (184 meters) above the city. What was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction—built for the 1962 World’s Fair—the tower features a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at 520 feet (158 meters) with 360-degree panoramic views over Seattle and its surroundings.

The Basics
The Space Needle is a must-do for first-time visitors to Seattle. Book Space Needle observation deck admission to ascend to the flying saucer–esque top in the high-speed elevator, which zips to the sky-high viewing area in just 43 seconds. The sweeping view includes downtown Seattle, and on clear days, it’s possible to look out to Lake Union, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains all the way across the Puget Sound. A visit to this Seattle staple is included on many city sightseeing tours, some of which also head to Pike Place Market. For a real treat, reserve a table for dinner at the SkyCity at the Needle restaurant, which revolves over downtown Seattle, completing one full rotation per hour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to book admission tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long ticket lines.
  • At the observation deck, check out the interpretive displays, which identify more than 60 activities in the Seattle area.
  • Dinner at SkyCity includes admission to the observation deck.
  • All bags are suggest to search prior to entry.

How to Get There
The Space Needle is located in the Seattle Center cultural and entertainment park, just northwest of downtown. The complex also houses Chihuly Garden and Glass, Experience Music Project (EMP), the Science Fiction Museum, the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Children’s Museum, and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. You can get to the Space Needle by bus or monorail, and the site offers valet parking.

When to Get There
The Space Needle is open year-round and daily from 10am to 8pm. The site is most crowded on weekends and around sunset, when visitors are afforded prime lighting for the panoramic skyline views. The skiest tend to be clearest during spring and summer.

The Wheedle on the Needle
The 1974 children’s book “Wheedle on the Needle” tells the tale of a large, round, furry creature called the Wheedle who lived in Washington state. Bothered by the whistling of workers first settling the city of Seattle, the grumpy Wheedle moved to Mt. Rainier to escape the noise (though it eventually followed him there). In an effort to silence the noise, the Wheedle gathered clouds in a large sack, returned to Seattle, climbed up the Space Needle, and threw them into the sky to make it rain. The Wheedle has since become a Seattle fixture, even acting as the mascot to the Seattle SuperSonics NBA team before they moved to Oklahoma City.
Address: 400 Broad Street, Seattle 98109, USA
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm
Admission: Adults: US $26
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Attraction Tickets

Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Combination Ticket

Visit the iconic Space Needle and world-famous Chihuly Garden and Glass together and save!Travel to the top of the Space Needle's 520 ft. observation deck for unparalleled views of downtown Seattle, Mt. Rainier, and the Puget Sound, plus hands-on digital experiences and FREE digital souvenir photos. Right next to the Space Needle, immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Throughout the Galleries, ever-changing Garden and signature Glasshouse, where you’ll be inspired by artist Dale Chihuly’s innovation and passion.
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City Tours

Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

See the best of Seattle on this 5-hour sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in a spacious coach as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions. See the iconic Space Needle (admission included) with stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. There’s Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront, plus Pioneer Square. The list goes on. This tour includes convenient hotel pickup.
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Sightseeing Passes

Seattle CityPASS

Experience Seattle’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Seattle CityPASS tour. Visit the world famous Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium and take a 1-hour Argosy Harbor cruise. Then choose from the Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo and the Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass to complete the tour. This Seattle CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from date of first use. An unused ticket booklet is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from attractions not included.
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City Tours

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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike’s Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
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City Tours

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Seattle Combo Tour: City Tour, Pike Place Market and Boeing Factory

See Seattle’s main attractions on this 9-hour, guided sightseeing tour in an around the Emerald City. Visit must-see sites like the iconic Space Needle, the beautiful Seattle waterfront, historic Pioneer Square and Puget Sound, among many others. Enjoy 1.5 hours for lunch and leisure at the world famous Pike Place Market on the waterfront. Then tour the massive Boeing assembly plant, the world’s largest building by volume. See airplanes being built and the Future of Flight Aviation Center. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing Seattle Hop On Hop Off Tour

Visit top sights and neighborhoods with 1- or 2-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off Seattle bus tour. Without the hassle and expense of parking in some of the city’s busiest areas, you can simply enjoy the view from the double-decker, open-top bus, hopping off to visit the Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike Place Market, waterfront piers, and more, while listening to interesting facts and background on each place you pass.
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Air Tours

Lake Union Seaplane Flight From Seattle

Fly over Seattle on an exhilarating 20-minute seaplane adventure. Lift off from Lake Union and get a stunning bird’s-eye view of Seattle, with beautiful Mt Rainier set as a backdrop in the distance. Get incredible views of the iconic Space Needle, the downtown skyline, the bustling Elliott Bay waterfront and more. You’ll hear a recorded commentary about the city during the flight. Land back on Lake Union to conclude the tour.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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City Tours

2-Hour Seattle City Tour

Capture the very best of Seattle on this city tour by bus. Your itinerary for the day includes many must-see spots, including Pike Place Market, the Central Waterfront, the Space Needle, and the locally sculpted Fremont Troll. Plus, this tour operates with a maximum of 15 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience from your expert guide.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

See the best of Seattle on this private, 3-hour, sightseeing tour. Pick and choose the sites and attractions with the most appeal and let an expert guide lead the way. Consider the many options: the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront. How about Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, or the Ballard Locks? Get sweeping views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. This customizable tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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City Tours

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Check out Seattle’s latest attractions and hip culture on this 1.5-hour, guided sightseeing tour around the city. Drive by must-see sites like popular Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and the iconic Space Needle. See Kurt Cobain’s former home as well as a certain floating house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.' With lively narration and some of Seattle’s best music playing, this is sure to be a tour that is both educational and entertaining. Transportation by minibus. Hotel pickup is included for customers staying at downtown Seattle hotels, South Lake Union area hotels, or university area hotels.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Seattle Private Tour for 2-6

Explore Seattle’s highlights on this customizable excursion. After a convenient hotel or airport pickup, head out with an informative driver/guide and check out must-see spots like the Space Needle, historic Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, Amazon headquarters, and Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Learn about the city, personalize your experience to suit your interests, and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch at a waterfront restaurant.
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4-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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Helicopter Tours

20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington

Soar to new heights during a 20-minute seaplane flight over Seattle, an extra-special experience ideal for first-time visitors. In a small group limited to five people, you’ll glide over Seattle landmarks such as the Space Needle, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound, all the while listening to informative narration from your pilot. Choose from multiple departure times throughout the day.
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Air Tours

20 Minute Scenic, Greater Seattle Airplane Tour

Explore the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, plus the city of Seattle and Puget Sound, on an exhilarating seaplane adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This narrated, small-group, hybrid air-water Seattle seaplane tour includes stunning bird’s-eye views of the Emerald City’s skyline, featuring the iconic Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel Ferris wheel and much more. Also, see Lake Washington, the University of Washington, plus the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges along with majestic Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the range.
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Up to 14 Pax: Private Half Day Seattle Tour, Includes Cruise-Hotel-Air Transfer

Your travel agenda in Seattle is probably jam packed! If you’re arriving in the morning to catch an afternoon Alaska cruise, or getting off that cruise in the morning to make an afternoon flight, we’ve got the perfect Seattle excursion for you. We pack the best of Seattle’s highlights into a manageable 3.5-hour excursion that starts wherever in Seattle that you need it to. Hotels, Sea-Tac Airport, or the cruise terminals—it’s all fair game! We’ll not only transfer your group up to 14 passengers, but take care of your luggage too if you’ve got it in tow. We'll spend this exciting half-day tour exploring Seattle's top city highlights including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the Chihuly Glass Museum, Kerry Park and Lake Union. At the end of the tour, we’ll drop you at your hotel, cruise terminal or the airport as needed. Going somewhere else, just let us know and we’ll discuss alternative arrangements.
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Ports of Call Tours

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

See Seattle like a local on a private shore excursion that takes in all the highlights of this famous Northwest city. While your ship is in port, take private transport to must-see locales such as the Chinatown-International District, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and Queen Anne Hill. The 3-hour tour includes stops to explore Seattle’s food, shopping and entertainment. You can even get out to view Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the top of the Space Needle (own expense).
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Up to 14 Pax: Private Full Day Seattle City Tour, Wine Tasting, Snoqualmie Falls

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Ports of Call Tours

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  • 3 hours

City Tours

Seattle Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise - Private

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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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  • 4 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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1-Day Seattle Sightseeing City Tour From Seattle, WA

Seattle City TourThe Jade City Seattle is the largest city in the northwestern United States, the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States, and is considered to be the fastest growing major city in the United States, located in Evergreen - Washington.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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