Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle’s Space Needle was meant to represent what the space age would look like in the 21st century. While things haven’t quite developed the way the designers envisioned, the 605-foot tower remains an iconic and futuristic feature of the city. Today, guests can ride the elevator to the 520-foot high observation deck for 360-views of Seattle from Mt. Rainer to Elliot Bay, or enjoy a leisurely meal at the rotating restaurant set to a beautiful panoramic backdrop.

If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee, there are still plenty of places to enjoy views of the Space Needle throughout the city.

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Kerry Park

You know those postcard-perfect shots of Seattle? Chances are they were taken from the viewpoint at Kerry Park in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Though the observation deck is actually much shorter than many of the city’s buildings, from this unique vantage the Space Needle looks like it’s towering over the rest of the city.

211 W Highland Dr.

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Seattle Great Wheel

Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast, for panoramic views of the city including the Space Needle. The wheel, which is situated on Pier 57 along Seattle’s scenic waterfront, features 42 enclosed gondolas and is open year-round, ideal for a romantic evening or family fun.

1301 Alaskan Way

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Gas Works Park

Located on Lake Union across from downtown, Gas Works Park offers unobstructed 360-degree views of downtown Seattle. Spend a sunny afternoon lounging on the grassy knoll overlooking the water and city skyline.

2101 N Northlake Way

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Alki Beach

Facing downtown, West Seattle is known for this popular public beach. Right on the water, the park has a boat launch, fire pits, picnic spots, beach volleyball, and watersports rentals. At the southeastern end you’ll find Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grill, offering fresh fish and stunning views looking across the water.

Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave SW

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Volunteer Park

Situated on the top of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Volunteer Park spans nearly 50 acres and is home to several trails, picnic areas and a conservatory. Visitors can spot the Space Needle from the steps of the Seattle Asian Art Museum or climb to the top of the park’s water tower for sweeping views of the rest of the city.

1247 15th Ave E, 98112

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Seattle Center

You can still get a sense of the Needle’s impressive height without venturing up to the top. The Seattle Center, where the tower is located, hosts a range of events and art throughout the year, food halls, museums, sports venues and more, including the Experience Music Project Museum and Chihuly Garden and Glass. There are plenty of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages and, of course, unbeatable views from the Space Needle’s base.

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If you still haven’t had your fill of the iconic tower, you can visit the Space Needle observation deck. Adult tickets range from $19-$29, while kids are $12-16. For more details about opening times and ticket prices, visit http://www.spaceneedle.com.