Constructed in 1907, Union Station has become an icon of this political metropolis. After a period of decline in the 1970s, the station was reconstructed, and today it is not only a transportation hub but one of the most stunning examples of classical architecture in Washington, D.C. A vacation rental near Union Station not only makes it easy to get around the city once there, but means an Amtrak arrival is incredibly convenient.
Take a Tour of Union Station
Take advantage of the free walking tour offered to learn about the construction and history of the station, from its turbulent past to its momentary decline to where it is today, an icon of the city.
Ride the Train at Union Station
Of course it makes the most sense to make like a local, and take the metro here in order to take in the grand architecture (and do a little shopping and dining!).
Take a Break at Union Station
Since the station was revitalized, there are now several excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants on hand, as well plenty of shops. Take a coffee break and watch as Washington's eclectic life passes by.
Look Up in Union Station
The station represents a combination of several architectural styles, including classical and American Renaissance. Be sure to look up and take in the opulent ceilings.
Avoid the Crowds
Union Station is the epicenter of commuting in Washington and thus gets crowded at peak travel times. Instead, visit around lunchtime or over the weekend to take advantage of quieter moments, giving you the chance to best appreciate the station's design and its dining offerings.
Stay Close to the Action
Situated just a stone's throw from the United States Capitol Building, you can conveniently plan to tour other major Washington, D.C. attractions after checking out Union Station.