Where to Go From Union Station in Washington, D.C.?
Union Station in Washington, D.C. is one of the most well-known train stations in the world, perhaps second only to King’s Cross—and that too, owing to Platform 93/4. And it’s so much more than a mere station—there’s a whole saga of history behind it.
One of the first rail terminals to be built in the country, it became operative in 1908. Even back in the 40s, the station would host 42,000 passengers on a daily basis. Today, over 100,000 people go through the sprawling station, from regular daily passengers to one-time visitors.
For the regulars, it’s off at the station and straight to their destination. But for one-time or first-time visitors, there’s so much more that can be done in Union Station that most people don’t even realize. Luckily for you, we’ve got it all sorted out.
A city tour is no biggie when you’re getting off at Union Station. What’s even better is that you can book one of its metro tours beforehand and meet the bus on your way from the station.
Trolley tours are fairly popular in the capital, and not have seasoned guides at the helm, telling you all about the monuments and the city’s history. It’s a quick fix and you get to see most of the city without having to do much, with ample time to return and make the trip back home.
For those of a more nautical-minded nature, there’s the D.C. Ducks boat tours and water sports option. Not only is this a more adventurous option, it’s also not very far away from the Union Station.
The Columbus Memorial Fountain
If you can’t stay for much longer, there’s the Columbus Memorial Fountain, only 0.1 miles from Union Station. Its pearly statures and giant stone structure make for great photos, especially on a downcast, cloudy day.
The Lincoln Memorial
Only 0.3 miles from the Union Station, this historic memorial brings a larger-than-life-sized Abraham Lincoln to you, reclining from his constant seat and overlooking the rest of D.C. It’s a must-visit memorial, and only a short way from the station.
The U.S. Capitol
For most people, a trip to Washington, D.C. is never complete without a hike to the Capitol Building that is so emblematic of the United States. Located only 0.5 miles from the station, it’s not very hard to reach.
The Library of Congress
Scholars passing through or making quick stops are in luck. The famous Library of Congress has a treasury of books and archives. You can even have your own membership card made if you’re making these stops frequently. And the best part? It’s only 0.6 miles away from the station.
Carrying Luggage with You?
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