While the Space Needle is impressive while standing in the Seattle Center, I like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Center and appreciate the structure from afar. You can then begin to appreciate the juxtaposition of this "futuristic" structure to the other built, as well as natural surroundings.
TIP - If you ever want to go to the top of the Needle, make a reservation at the restaurant! The pass to go to the top of the needle is about $30 a person. If you go to the restaurant, you receive a free voucher to the observation deck and you will also get to dine in the spinning restaurant!