Standing with a fresh-brewed, steaming cup of coffee in Seattle is a dream come true for many a coffee fan. Combine this silky cup of Joe with the salty sea air and gentle Pacific breezes, and a trip to the Emerald City will be an experience for any traveler to treasure. While visiting Seattle attractions, visitors absolutely must spend time at the Space Needle to gaze out upon the city and tranquil Puget Sound before treating themselves to a wallet-friendly, all-American treat at the local burger chain, Dick's Drive In.
The Seattle Space Needle is located at the heart of the city, which means it provides the most comprehensive and breathtaking views of the area. This iconic structure was created to bring a focal point to the Seattle World's Fair in 1962 - little did designer Edward E. Carlson know that his mere sketch would turn into an internationally-recognized landmark, with some help from architect John Graham. Over the course of the World's Fair, approximately 2.3 million people visited the tower and today the stately structure remains the city's top tourist destination. Not bad for a tower that was built for only $4.5 million!
While the elevators might have been one of the last parts of the Space Needle to be completed, they will be the first step on a thrilling, 43-second journey to the observation deck. Visitors will travel the 520 feet up to the deck on elevators that move 800 feet per minute. This will be a pleasant alternative to the 848 steps that individuals would otherwise have to climb! Stepping out into the observation deck, it will certainly be fun to choose which view to explore first. Some will want to spend a few moments watching planes land on Lake Union, while others will choose to rush over and look at the Puget Sound. Either way, everyone will be able to zoom in on their favorite views thanks to a little help from Swarovski Telescopes stationed around the deck.
After all the Space Needle excitement, tourists will come back to earth to grab a local snack. Since the Space Needle was completed in the 1960s, it makes sense to try some retro-themed fare, and tourists will easily find Dick's Drive In located just across Seattle Center on 500 Queen Anne Avenue. The low-cost burgers, shakes and fries won the 2008 "Best Cheap Eats" award from Seattle Magazine's People's Choice Awards. Here, visitors will bite into juicy burgers fresh from the grill and almost smell the leather seats in a 1950s Cadillac.