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Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
+1 202-289-1908
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As featured in Washington DC on a budget
Ranked #59 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Malls, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Transportation
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Union Station D.C. Is a superbly restored, historic, mixed-use, intermodal transportation and shopping center located just blocks from the U.S.... more » Owner description: Union Station D.C. Is a superbly restored, historic, mixed-use, intermodal transportation and shopping center located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building. This historic hub of culture services more than 90,000 people a day as a major transportation center, retail destination, and tourist resource. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I disembarked from my bus (Megabus) here and hopped on the subway to my hostel. SmarTrip vending machine asks for a zip code (US postal code). The buying process is supposed to be easy, but I got stuck and very frustrated at the zip code stage. After an inquiry, the station attendant told me the machine sold out of SmarTrip... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you are in the area, you must see this architecture design, especially inside the station. The arches over each terminal are like a look back in time. They even made Starbucks look like they belonged! You can do some shopping at various shops like Nine West or enjoy a snack in one of the eateries. Just have a seat... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This place looks nice but it isn't a nice place to travelers. The bus stopped at the big parking floor and it can be not very easy to find the way out. The restrooms of the Amtrak are dirty. The only nice thing is that they do have a lot of restaurant/fast-food chains. In addition, advice for travelers coming to... More

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Willemstad, Curacao
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a big and beautiful building, containing great shops (clothing and food). I came here with Amtrak from NY Penn station. I picked the sightseeing bus just outside of the building.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was very close to where we were staying and we picked up the sightseeing tour bus there. But go inside as it is a stunning building, almost as nice as Grand Central

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Columbus, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

i did have a blast moving from Georgia and stopping at union station i lost my cell phone there but amtrak police was very helpful on helping me and outside is a crime to humanity there was trash everywhere but its still was a sight to see

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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769 reviews 769 reviews
372 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Lots of shopping, loads of trains coming through all the time. There's a decent food court in the basement, and several mobile tours start from there. I'd recommend it just to say you've seen it!

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El Ejido, Spain
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70 reviews 70 reviews
50 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Union Station is enormous. We decided to park there for our visit to the Capitol Building ( ten minute walk). Parking in Washington is very expensive, so 18 dollars a day seemed like a good deal. There are tons of places to shop and eat. You can also find tourist information as well as info on those hop on, hop... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

First Amtrak vacation. Arranged everything through Amtrak Vacations. Great experience. Train food in dining car was great. Seats were big and roomy. House type plug in for electrical gadgets at each seat. Overall rating of Amtrak is a big 10! Highly recommend.

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New York City, New York
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461 reviews 461 reviews
241 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I was hoping tripadvisor has an entry for Union station as it is a beautiful train station. We often take the train from NYC to DC and arriving at Union Station is always a special treat. They also have very decent places to eat in the station: a full service restaurant, chopped salad restaurant and even conveyor belt sushi

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