The Space Needle is the internationally recognized symbol of Seattle which was completed in December 1961. Seattle does not have antiquities such as the Sistine Chapel which opened 1483 but we do have our share of Americana built since 1950’s. This can be found at Seattle Center which is reached from downtown on the original Monorail. From the Space Needle you get a panoramic view of Seattle communities and is a great way to reconnoiter the city before you venture out of the downtown. The Fun Forest still has bumper cars and roller coasters which is insignificant when compared to mega complexes like 6 Flags but it is a great slice of Americana and you still win stuffed toys at the shooting gallery.
Seattle Center is home to EMP/Pop Culture Center and has a very exciting All Summer Long Exhibit. “Woman That Rock - Vision Passion Power”. Four semi-trucks worth of artifacts, over 70 Powerful women in music and a great experience for you and all.
Seattle Center is home to blown glass museum featuring local artist Dale Chihuly who is considered by many to be founding father of blown glass in the Northwest and possibly USA
Plan on making it a day long trip it is crowded on the weekends so plan accordingly.