Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Tourist in Seattle - Day 2

Hi everyone!  Back again!!

As I mentioned in my last post, Tex finally had a couple of days off last week so that we could go to Seattle and do some of the touristy things.

On Thursday, we went to Seattle Center to see the Space Needle.  The Observation Deck is 520 feet in the air and has amazing 360 degree views!

The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.  The foundation is 30 feet deep and 120 feet wide.  It took 467 cement trucks an entire day to fill the hole.  At the time, it was the longest continuous concrete pour in the West.  The concrete base weighs as much as the Space Needle itself and the center of gravity for the Space Needle is just 5 feet from the ground.  

The five level top house dome with restaurant and the Observation Deck is balanced just so that the restaurant rotates with just a one horsepower motor.  Amazing!!!

The Needle is built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 mph and has withstood several earthquakes. 

As I stated yesterday, one TIP is to buy your tickets online.  This will save you a lot of time standing in line to buy tickets.  We bought our tickets for a specific time, which was 11 am.  Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your appointment.  If you aren’t sure the exact time you want, you can spend a few dollars more and buy a flex pass and then just redeem it when you get there.

By buying our tickets ahead of time, we got right in line and immediately began to pre-board.  Security is very tight.  They do a hands-on search of all bags and firearms are not allowed.  This process went very quickly and we were in the elevator to the top in no time. 

The view was absolutely breathtaking!  You can see the Cascade Mountains in one direction, Mt. Ranier in another direction, see downtown Seattle up close and watch the ferries come and go.  You are allowed to stay on the Observation Deck as long as you want.  They have a small coffee shop with a few small things to eat with a few tables scattered around inside.

Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle

The 2 V shaped buildings are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The above pic is of the Mercer Street Parking Garage.  It has a community garden on the top level.  If you look closely, you will see an Airstream trailer.  It was added as a tool shed to keep with the Seattle Center space age theme.

The above picture was taken by Upgarden P-Patch

Cascade Mountains in the distance

The Coast Guard base is on the far right but you can't really see it

It was also very neat to see where the scene from Sleepless in Seattle took place.  Love that movie!!

If you ever plan to come to Seattle, make sure you go up the Space Needle!

Also at Seattle Center are a lot of museums and other things to do.  The Chihuly Garden and Glass is amazing.  We haven’t gone there yet but it is on my list still to do.  The EMP Museum is one of a kind, both in architecture and exhibits.  You and your kids would both love it.  There are so many attractions at Seattle Center that you definitely need to check it out and make plans to visit.

That ends our two days in Seattle.  We still have quite a few things left on our To See list, such as the Underground Tour, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Ballard Locks and others.  Tex has a few days off next week so maybe we can see a few of these places.

Until next time!

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