8) Space Needle, Seattle
Since its construction for the 1962 World’s Fair, it’s been an iconic part of Seattle’s skyline. At the time, it was the tallest structure in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Visitors can take snapshots of it from many places in the city then head up for a scenic 41-second elevator ride. At the top, 500 feet above ground level, there’s the rotating SkyCity Restaurant. 20 feet above the restaurant is the Observation Deck for those who want to take in the views. If you’re not one for heights, you can still get a see the space needle’s impressive stature from the Seattle Center. The center hosts an array of attractions, art exhibits, food halls, sporting events and museums. On April 21, 1999, the Space Needle became an official landmark. It hosts 1 million visitors per year, making it the number one tourist attraction in the Northwest.
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