"Union Station Washington D.C." Union Station Tip by lmkluque

Union Station, Washington D.C.: 6 reviews and 5 photos

  Union Station
by lmkluque

Favorite thing: The decades preceding the 1901 Commission's plan to reinstate L'Enfant's ideas for Washington was carried out, the Pennsylvania railroad had its station at the base of Capitol Hill, its tracks cutting across the Mall. Daniel Burnham, used his influence with the railroad's president, Alexander Cassatt, and convinced him to move his station, as a matter of civic beauty and national loyalty.

The buildings surrounding the Capitol eventually included Burnham's immense Union Station and Columbus Plaza. The placement of this railroad station is important in the 1901 plan. Not only does it demonstrate the Commission's mania for symmetry, harmony, and building groups rather than individual buildings, it also demonstrates its power. Union Station is centrally located and near the city?s major tourist attractions and includes many shops and restaurants as well!

I took my first U.S. train trip from Union Station in Washington D.C. and felt like I was in a 1930's movie. Not only was it home to the train and city public transportation, it also housed shops, restaruants and businesses and could take hours to explore. I did a bit of exploring but what was there then isn't the same as what is there now. Check their website to plan where to shop or to eat while there.

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 289.1908

Address: 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Directions: The Station is easily accessible on Metro's Red Line.
Phone: (202) 898-1950
Website: http://www.unionstationdc.com/intro_fm.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2012
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    While i didnt catch a train i did visit the station, certainly worth a visit in itself.


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