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Seattle’s Space Needle Launches Free Virtual Reality App for Immersive Aerial Experiences of City Landmark (VIDEO)Everyone who visits Seattle is expected to visit the “Space Needle,” the city’s iconic structure. A relic from the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is the place to take in breathtaking views of the city’s skyline.

Now even people stranded on the east coast will be able to appreciate this west coast treasure.

“The Space Needle has launched Space Needle 360º, a free virtual reality mobile app featuring interactive, bird’s eye views of Seattle that place you 600 feet above the city on a perfect day,” reads a statement provided to VRjournal. “Space Needle 360º gives users the experience of standing on the Space Needle’s spire, walking on the Space Needle’s Halo (outermost ring), and flying around Seattle in a seaplane – all in spherical videos and images.”

This Space Needle app is one of the first of its kind — and definitely one of the first to be put out by a major landmark. Could the Empire State Building or the St. Louis arch be far behind?

“At the Space Needle, we have a tech-forward brand,” said VP of Marketing, Karen Olson, who handles marketing for both the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass attraction in Seattle. “Over the past few years, we’ve launched a series of digital experiences that let our guests see and interact with the view. Now with our virtual reality app, our guests can enjoy some of the best views in Seattle and take the views to go!”

Space Needle 360º is available through Apple and Google Play stores. To get the full, immersive experience, guests should use a Google VR Cardboard Viewer available from the Space Needle or at most VR Cardboard retailers.

More details are available at www.spaceneedle.com/vr

Want a sneak peek of what the app is like? Take a gander below.

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