I’m not sure how many times I’ve visited Washington DC. I do know that the first time was with my 8th grade class from Corpus Christi Grade School in Pittsburgh. Early in my marriage, we lived in Maryland and visited quite often. It was a cheap date and politics is in my blood, so Washington DC has always been a favorite destination of mine. I started attending the NAR Legislative Meetings as a good excuse to visit the city even though I wasn’t involved in governance. To this day I have always traveled on my own dime. I mostly go there by Amtrak. leaving early from the train station in New London CT and arriving in DC about 6 hours later. I love the stress free travel, the views along the way and my final stop at Union Station.
Union Station isn’t just any train station. Built in 1907, it has a rich history plus offers more than 210,000 square feet of retail space, including a number of restaurants. While I don’t go there for the food, I admit I’ve had more meals there than I can count as I always make sure I leave plenty of time to grab a meal for my journey home.
Union Station is home base for many of the tours that take place in the Washington DC area including DC Ducks and City Sights. And while I’ve seen just about every corner of the city over the years, I’m taking the night tour this visit. If you can sneak in some time, be sure to enjoy what this magnificent city and its train station has to offer.