One of Seattle’s most known attractions and a sightseeing destination on most people’s list is the Space Needle. Located at the Seattle Center in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, the Space Needle is a standout in the city skyline and a testament to the history of the city.
The original designer of the Space Needle and Chief Organizer of the 1962 World’s Fair, Edward E. Carlson, was inspired by a German broadcast center that featured a restaurant in it. After doodling an amateur sketch of the Space Needle on a restaurant napkin, Edward E. Carlson soon brought his idea to life after securing private financing of $75,000, just 13 months before the opening of the World’s Fair.
The massive structure was officially opened on the first day of the 1962 World’s Fair and received nearly 2.65 million visitors during the duration of the expo. The Space Needle is known as only one of two souvenirs of a World’s Fair, sharing the title with only the Eiffel Tower. A must-see attraction and truly a hard-to-miss sight, a trip to Seattle would not be complete without a visit to the Space Needle.
Today you can see the original colors “Galaxy Gold” to commemorate the times.
And if you are so inclined, go see Mc Caw Hall another entry to the World’s Fair of 1962.
In 1962, the auditorium was refashioned for the Seattle World’s Fair as the Seattle Opera House.
The Seattle monorail was built for the World’s Fair and made it easy for people to go from the fair to downtown, The Monorail still runs downtown and yes we knew one of the people responsible – Peter Sherwin, RIP.
Last, but not least on the list, go have an adult beverage at Edgewater hotel. A unique spot on the water. Also built for the iconic World’s Fair.
Seattle is Built on Native Land THE CITY OF SEATTLE RESIDES ON THE TRADITIONAL LAND OF THE COAST SALISH PEOPLES, PAST AND PRESENT. WE HONOR WITH GRATITUDE OUR SHARED LAND AND WATERWAYS, AS WELL AS THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF OUR INDIGENOUS NEIGHBORS.