800 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002834.056121 -118.237479
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Central LA
Actually used to frequent the station when I was in college since I took the train to Santa Barbara. Very "Some Like it Hot" and very classy.
Whether or not you're catching a train or catching up on LA history, everyone should visit Union Station at least once. It was the last great railway station built in the U.S., and truly feels of another era. Check out Traxx restaurant or bar in the main concourse.
The last of the great rail depots, a portal to a bygone era. – In Short
Built in the heyday of railway, Union Station opened in 1939 to incredible acclaim. During its first three days of operation, nearly 2 million people walked through its doors. Although the crowds have thinned a bit, the station is still a regular stop for local rail commuters. Union Station is not a tourist destination, per se. Still, you may want to visit to snap a picture of the long-promised central station of L.A.'s light-rail system (still in the works).
A new landmark – Union Station will probably never be as famous as Grand Central Station in NYC, but it's our own landmark train station. Now that the MetroLink and MTA are making good use of it, improving it's look and upgrading the local transit system, Union Station has become a NEW landmark. More people travel through there than ever before. I think if they added a couple more restaurants, even a fast food place or two, it would become an even bigger highlight of downtown.
I recently traveled Amtrak to Seattle, and again was awed by the beautiful decor of this station. As they have unused space (often used for filiming purposes), they could easily expand the entertainment/dining options in the local area. The small Traxx restaurant is nice, but an alternative would be a welcome addition.
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