The Seattle Great Wheel is one of the most beautiful landmarks (next to the Space Needle) in Seattle, Washington. I actually didn’t know about the “wheel” until I arrived (sorry city of Seattle!). But you certainly can’t miss it. Its elegant and exquisite architecture graces the skyline of Elliot Bay. And in the evening, it lights up the sky as it slowly moves – around and around. Since the wheel was news to me, I did a little research and found these quick facts:
- It stands 175 feet tall which makes it the largest observation wheel on the west coast. (That’s 29 of me stacked!)
- There are 42 fully-enclosed gondolas which seat up to 8 people.
- The wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
- It was manufactured in various parts of the US and Europe and then assembled at the end of the pier.
- It extends ~40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
- It’s open year round and the fully-enclosed gondolas allow you to ride it, even in the pouring rain.
While I’m working on my Seattle Blog I wanted to post a few pictures as a preview of this beautiful city. Stay tuned for the Seattle blog with more photos and fun travel tips to help ensure you have a fabulous time. (I’m propped in front of my computer – candle lite – typing away. It will go live by the end of the week!)
PS – Does anyone know how long the ride lasts? 😉
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