The construction of the Space Needle in Seattle lasted 400 days, culminating in its grand opening on April 21, 1962, during the space age-themed Century 21 Exposition World's Fair.
Over the years, the Space Needle has welcomed nearly 60 million visitors, solidifying its status as one of the most recognizable buildings worldwide
Despite the familiar silhouette of the Space Needle's curving, wasp-waisted exterior, the interior may surprise both locals and tourists, as it has undergone a $100 million renovation.
The outdoor observation level of the Space Needle underwent significant changes during the renovation. The original pony walls and security caging were replaced with open-air glass walls that tilt outwards, offering unobstructed views of the city.
The former revolving restaurant on the 500-foot level of the Space Needle has been transformed into The Loupe, an observation space featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows. It also boasts the world's first and only revolving glass floor.
With the addition of a 37-ton glass surface, visitors to the Space Needle can now experience downward views of the iconic tower itself, along with glimpses of the mechanics responsible for The Loupe's full rotation every 45 minutes.
Although physical bungee jumping from the Space Needle is not possible, visitors can now enjoy a virtual reality experience on the first floor, providing a photo-realistic thrill of the activity.