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Review of Union Station

Union Station
Ranked #72 of 488 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

beyond ordinary train station.. bustling atmosphere with shopping and food venues. food court downstairs even has a crepe station! super busy during rush hour.. try to visit during non-peak hours. must do for DC

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"transportation hub"
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"lots of shops"
in 37 reviews
"amtrak train"
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"beautiful station"
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"main hall"
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"beautiful architecture"
in 62 reviews
"postal museum"
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"shake shack"
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"the lower level"
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"capitol hill"
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"under construction"
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"platform"
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"restoration"
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

It felt like we went through this building multiple times as we traveled from our rental house into the Capitol area each day of our visit. Not only a beautiful building but lots of shops and things to see. Can’t imagine what it would cost to rebuild in this day and age. The outside front is as magnificent as the interior. A great place for family photos.

Thank Cookeville_Phil
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The great hall is worth a visit, it’s so beautiful since the restoration, definitely worth a trip. There are shops, restrooms and a food court, but we were just there to see the station. Outside the station is a statue and a great view of the Capitol.

1  Thank dclmom34
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Taking the train into DC is the way to go. The parking is very difficult if you arrive after 8 a.m. and most attractions don't open up until 10. Take the train, then walk over to the Supreme Court, the Capitol then hit the Mall and see the museums. So much easier than parking!

There are hotels near the Station. Good place to stay to be able to do everything on foot. There are some bad areas in this section too, but stick to the touristy parts and you won't even notice.

2  Thank Charrie63
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I had to exit the metro at Union Station to catch a bus. Having spent the day at the National Mall, where food options are virtually non-existent, I was so very hungry. The food choices offered at Union Station are submarine sandwiches, burgers, Chinese, and Japanese. Getting a steak dinner in a sit-down restaurant was not viable. I had to eat Chinese in the food court. And, finding a table with chairs at the food court was another unrealistic expectation.

This is NOT a place for sightseeing, unless you're into beggars. I was approached for money in the food court, while I was attempting a well-deserved chow down. I should have known that, since I had the good fortune of getting both a chair and table, something like this would happen.

There are some mall-type stores at Union Station. I wouldn't feel safe carrying shopping bags, and I definitely wouldn't wander around Union Station solo. I did not and would not shop here.

If you're into train stations, Union Station might be appealing. But, please don't confuse Union Station with a shopping mall, an eatery, or a safe place to visit.

Thank girlygirl243
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