Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Space Needle is a tower found in Seattle, Washington. It is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and the symbol of Seattle. It is located in Seattle Center. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184m) high and 138 feet (42m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200mph (320km/h) and earthquake up to 9.5 magnitudes and has 25 lightning rods on the roof to prevent lightning damage.

The Space Needle features an observation deck at 520 feet (160m), the SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet (152m), and a gift shop. From the top of the needle, you can see the view of the Downtown Seattle skyline, the mountains, bay and even the surrounding islands. Visitors can reach to the top (which is the 60th floor) via elevators that travel at 10mph (16km/h) which will take only 43 seconds. Some tourists wait in hour-long lines in order to ascend to the top of the tower.

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