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Union Station

Tacoma, WA
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Ranked #13 of 38 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to visitors in the early 1990s.
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Kansas City, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Most of this building is government offices and not even accessible but stop by and see the chandelier.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The old Union Station is now a federal courthouse, so you don't get to see very much. The Chihuly glass in the lobby makes it worth a quick stop.

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Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you have a few minutes and you're nearby -- this is a great place to visit...This historic building is beautiful inside and out!

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Palm Bay, Florida
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472 reviews 472 reviews
268 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Glad they didn't take down this beautiful red brick building. It's a very impressive structure. Wasn't able to go inside as it was closed to view the glass sculptures.

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Red Bluff, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Enjoyed the glass displays in the lobby of what is now the courthouse. One of our party was not able to enter, as she had left her purse in the car and they do require ID.

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North, South Carolina
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443 reviews 443 reviews
149 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It's great that a few classic large spaces like this have been preserved. Not filled in with kiosks or displays, just open with several massive Chihuly pieces shown beautifully against the natural light. Worth a visit!

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You only get to peak in at the Chihulys exhibited there but the space is really very lovely. Remember it is a courthouse so, leave the pocket knife at home.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Who would have thought a train station could be so beautiful with Chuhuilly glass hanging in it! It is so unique! There is no charge. Be sure to walk across the incredible Chuhuilly glass bridge located just behind Union Station.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The outside was much more impressive than the inside. There are some neat things to see, some Chihuly glass and vintage photos of its railroad heyday, but it is a government building now and not a whole lot to see inside.

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
57 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I think most lawyers and judges would treasure a chance to work in this building. We enjoyed being able to walk around the lobby and mezzanine, both filled with glassworks by Dale Chihuli. It was also interesting to see how the classic features of the old train station had been preserved.

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