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. More than a century later, the station, the third most visited tourist destination in the world, still buzzes with travelers, trains, and history. 

Join Atlas Obscura in partnership with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a behind-the-scenes tour of Union Station, where you'll learn the secrets of Daniel Burnham's architectural masterpiece. More than 37 million passengers, tourists, and shoppers pass through the venerable hub of D.C. transportation every year, but there are still plenty of spaces within the station travelers rarely see. On this tour, you'll climb steps and open doors into areas where the public is not normally granted access, as well as learn what's being done to preserve Union Station for years to come. 


  • This tour will be about two hours and will consist of a considerable amount of walking. We recommend wearing sneakers. 
  • 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 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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