Washington | Seattle: Space Needle

What is more iconic to Seattle than the Space Needle? The Space Needle was built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Today, this Seattle landmark still stands strong at a 520 foot elevation and offers extraordinary views of the Emerald City. The observation deck offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the city and bay.

There is a bar and snack area on deck and if you are looking for a nice sit-down option, the SkyCity Restaurant offers a panoramic rotating view while you dine. I heard mixed reviews about the quality of the restaurant but decided to give it a try anyway. I found the atmosphere quite enjoyable and my food was delicious. It was a pricey meal, however, I guess you pay for the novelty of it and it is a unique experience. Reservations are definitely recommended.

Some people told me they enjoyed the view more during the day and others said at night. I decided to enjoy both and I went in the late afternoon so I could witness the sunset and have dinner with the twinkling lights of the city as the backdrop. Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy and I did not get to see the full glory of Mount Rainier. This is a wonderful option for obtaining a bird’s eye view of the city.

Wasahington | Seattle: Underground Tour

I had heard over the years that Seattle had an underground city that was still in existence and it was definitely something I wanted to see while I was in the area. I chose to take Bob Speidel’s Underground Tour. The brochure looked a little silly so I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth it but I really found it very interesting and fascinating. The tour is very well organized and provides accurate historical facts presented with humor.

The guided walking tour is an easy walk around a few blocks of town. I do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes as you will go up and down a few stairs, and have to walk on uneven ground and wood planking. I would not consider this tour handicap accessible.

It was fascinating to see the first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle still in existence below street level and there are just enough remnants around to spur your imagination of a by-gone era. Here is a sampling of what you will see.

While in Seattle, consider staying at the Four Seasons (post here)

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