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Seattle: Space Needle Observation Deck

A view of the Space Needle as we walked around the Seattle Center.

A view of the Space Needle as we walked around the Seattle Center.

No trip to Seattle is complete without a Space Needle visit — at least if you’re a complete tourist like me. After a tour around Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center, we made our way over to the city’s famous alien tower.

Like I mentioned previously, we bought a package admission for $34 online (it’s $36 on site) that got us into Chihuly Garden and Glass and a ride up the the Space Needle Observation Deck. If you’re not planning to see his jaw-dropping glasswork, general admission tickets for a trip to the top are $19 online, and $21 on site (more info here).

There’s even a restaurant all the way up there called SkyCity Restaurant where you can savor Seattle from 500 feet up with a panoramic view. (Yes, it rotates!) If you already have reservations, you get a free trip to the Observation Deck!

The entrance to the Seattle Center.

The entrance to the Seattle Center.

Emily on the Observation Deck.

Emily on the Observation Deck.

Let me warn you, it can get windy up there. I was wearing a dress and it got blown right up — I was a regular Marilyn Monroe up there. It was a hilarious experience because Emily’s standing there trying to pull my dress down, but not really being able to because she was laughing so hard. Meanwhile, I’m Β trying not to flash the whole restaurant, let alone the people around me.

If this happens to you, don’t panic — just tie a scarf around your dress, and keep smiling. You didn’t pay $34 to get embarrassed and leave! I did get a few stares, so if you saw the girl with the scarf tied around the bottom of her dress, just know it wasn’t a fashion statement — more a necessity.

One father walking around with his kids witnessed the whole thing and couldn’t help but laugh too. He saw my scarf later later when we ran into each other again after walking around (as you do inevitably in a circle), and he asked laughing, “So this was the solution?” He was happy to see it resolved.

The view of downtown Seattle from the top of the Space Needle.

The view of downtown Seattle from the top of the Space Needle.

Space Needle SELFIE!

Space Needle SELFIE!

The view from the Observation Deck gives you a panoramic view of Seattle from 605 feet up. From the beautiful neighborhood of Queen Anne Hill, to Elliot Bay and downtown Seattle — you see it all. There are also some interactive touch-screen displays to play around with inside once you’re done exploring the deck.

You can have your photo taken at a green screen before you take your elevator ride up. There’s a station at the top where you scan your ticket and then pick from different Space Needle backgrounds to apply to that photo. You can view all the pictures you create in your SpaceBook.

Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the gift shop! There’s a fudge station that looks heavenly.

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