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.

Washington | Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass

If you have not heard of the glass artist, Dale Chihuly, I’m sure you’ve probably seen some of his work without realizing it. I couldn’t even begin to list all the places his work is displayed around the world (see here) but one of his most visible displays is the ceiling installation in the lobby at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

If you are in the Seattle area, I highly recommend a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. It’s hard to capture the delicate and intricate design work and the vibrancy of the colors in a photograph. This is really something that needs to be seen in person. It’s also located at the Space Needle so you can hit two attractions at once.

Enjoy a tour of Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass Museum.

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

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