Nestled in the Seattle Center, a 74-acre city park that was built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, is the Space Needle, the result of a vision shared by Jim Douglas, of the Westin Hotel, and Eddie Carlson, the World's Fair chairman. Inspired by a television tower seen in Stuttgart, Germany, the 605 foot Space Needle has become the symbol of Seattle.
A 43-second elevator ride takes visitors to the observation platform at the 520 foot level for a spectacular view of the city, Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, as well as Mount Rainier, 60 miles to the southeast.
Dine at "the Needle's," revolving restaurant found at the 500 foot level, where diners not only enjoy the many Northwest delights fond on the menu, but also take in the panoramic view as the restaurant slowly turns 360 degrees each and every hour.
Photo by Gary Greene
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The Four Seasons
All three postcards are from 2010.