Minutes away from the Capital, the Postal Museum and the Capital Childrens
Museum, Union Station is a popular stop on the monument trail. Since it also serves as
Washingtons main train station, Union Station is constantly bustling with commuters
The construction of Union Station in 1908 was one of the first improvements made to the
District of Colombia by the McMillan Commission, a committee charged with cleaning up and
redesigning Washington. Modeled after the Roman Baths of Diocletian, Union Station has a
96-ft-high gilded ceiling and forty-six statues of Roman soldiers (one for each state when
the station was built) both inside and outside the station.
Initially a great success, the eventual decline in train travel during the
60s left the station in a state of disrepair until it was completely
refurbished in 1988. The new Union Station contains 133 shops, five restaurants, a
46-vendor food court and a nine-screen movie complex.
Union Station is the ideal place for a visitor to have lunch. The food court will
satisfy any appetite, while the beautifully restored main waiting room offers plenty of
places to sit and plan your afternoon. Some of Washingtons more popular sightseeing
tours like Tourmobile and Red Trolley Tours originate in front of Union Station.