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“Not For Sightseeing -- Are You Kidding Me?!!”
Review of Union Station

Union Station
Ranked #71 of 492 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 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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"transportation hub"
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"lots of shops"
in 37 reviews
"amtrak train"
in 22 reviews
"beautiful station"
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"main hall"
in 54 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 63 reviews
"postal museum"
in 29 reviews
"shake shack"
in 20 reviews
"tour buses"
in 29 reviews
"the lower level"
in 32 reviews
"capitol hill"
in 28 reviews
"under construction"
in 16 reviews
"platform"
in 16 reviews
"restoration"
in 19 reviews
"escalator"
in 21 reviews
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in 22 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A really beautifully designed station with some stunning architectural features. Worth a visit to the food court on the lower level. Reasonably priced food for a quick lunch snack.

1  Thank Garden3
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

I’m a fan of history, architecture and trains in general. I love to see the old railway stations, whether they have been maintained, restored or not (each has its own value). This one has been restored very well. I don’t know how much they kept to the original style , but it seems to be quite a bit. In the midst of the historic building they do have a good bit of the new as well, as they have added numerous shops, in modern form down one of the corridors. Most of the exterior is in very good condition.

The train operations here were pretty smooth. Signage on train arrivals and departures were plentiful.

There is the typical activity you would expect around such a station in the midst of a major tourist city. There are a mix of business and tourist travelers. There was also an art class sitting on the floor sketching the architectural components.
You will also see a good deal of the poor and homeless, mostly on the grounds outside. I did not observe any active begging.

Thank Bill R
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

It is a fantastic rail way station . It is a huge building and unbelievable system. Many stores and cafes and restaurants.

Thank Mostafa S
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

There are lots of places to eat and shops. It’s easy to get around. Busy location but not as overwhelming as grand central in NY.

Thank lpetti3000
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