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50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20002, United States

In a city known for grand edifices and soaring public spaces, Washington's Union Station holds its own. The terminal’s classical façade—three monumental arches with alternating columns and a pediment soaring 600 feet high—faces the Capitol building five blocks away, providing a dramatic entrance into the heart of the city. The scale of the main waiting room, with 96-foot-high vaulted and coffered ceilings, is somewhat softened by the noise and motion of the 20 million people who pass through annually. Not only is Union Station a transportation hub for Amtrak, Washington D.C.'s Metro and transit buses, and suburban train lines, but it’s also a destination for restaurants, music, and shopping, and its easy walking access from the surrounding neighborhoods ensure that it serves more than just train passengers.

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Union Station

In a city known for grand edifices and soaring public spaces, Washington's Union Station holds its own. The terminal’s classical façade—three monumental arches with alternating columns and a pediment soaring 600 feet high—faces the Capitol building five blocks away, providing a dramatic entrance into the heart of the city. The scale of the main waiting room, with 96-foot-high vaulted and coffered ceilings, is somewhat softened by the noise and motion of the 20 million people who pass through annually. Not only is Union Station a transportation hub for Amtrak, Washington D.C.'s Metro and transit buses, and suburban train lines, but it’s also a destination for restaurants, music, and shopping, and its easy walking access from the surrounding neighborhoods ensure that it serves more than just train passengers.