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Union Station, Washington, DC

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In Washington, DC, Union Station's impressive architecture includes a 96-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling, a balcony with 36 sculptures of Roman soldiers, and the Center Cafe and Information Desk seen here.

Union Station is a train station designed to be the entrance for travelers arriving in Washington, DC. This National Historic Landmark opened in 1907, just 5 blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building. The station reached a peak during World War II when as many as 200,000 travelers would pass through in a single day, then fell into decay in the 1950's through 1970's after train travel declined in America. It reopened in 1988 after Congress decided to have it restored. The terminal is served by Amtrak, commuter railroads, and the Washington Metro transit system.