Hidden Union Station - Atlas Obscura

Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.

In 1907, the opening of D.C.'s opulent Union Station energized the city and forever changed how Washingtonians traveled.
Over a century later, the station still buzzes with travelers, trains, and history. More than 37 million passengers, tourists, and shoppers pass through Washington Union Station every year—making it the third most visited tourist destination in the world.

Join us in partnership with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as we learn the secrets of this venerable hub of D.C. transportation and Daniel Burnham architectural masterpiece. 

As we climb up steps and open doors into areas where the public is not normally granted access, we'll also learn what's being done to preserve this venerable hub of D.C. transportation for years to come. 

This is a rescheduled event from Jan 13th due to the snowstorm! 


  • This tour will be about two hours and will consist of a considerable amount of walking.
  • We recommend taking public transportation. The D.C. Metro red line stops at Union Station.
  • For those who are driving, we can offer free parking vouchers for those who park in the Union Station parking garage. 
  • We will email attendees our meeting location prior to the event. 
  • This is a family-friendly event!


Email Matt Blitz at matt@atlasobscura.com.

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