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Union Station

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Union Station.
Photograph: Anthony Rubano Union Station.

Opened in 1939 on the site of the original Chinatown, it was the last of the great American rail stations to be built, at a cost at the time of $11 million. By 1971, just seven passenger trains a day were running here; however, it's a bit busier today, and its Mission-style exterior, marble floors, high ceilings and decorative tiles make it a handsome place. However, don't confuse it with the Spanish colonial post office that stands next to it.


Venue name: Union Station
Address: 800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles

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One of LA's most historic pieces in Downtown Los Angeles where transportation and history meet.  Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) houses a number of transportation options including light rail, commuter rail, buses, etc.  If you're not from around here, getting here is super easy!

LAUS is more of a place to visit and see and not so much to stay around as there isn't much to do.  It's a great place to take a couple of quick pictures and walk down the main concourse.  There aren't many restaurants/places to eat in here as it's only a couple of small food vendors, a Starbucks, a convenience store, and some bakeries.  The only restaurant per se is Traxx, and it's definitely pricey!

If you're looking for a bite to eat and spare some time for adventures, head over to Chinatown and Olvera Street for some good eats.  If you're really willing to go outside a bit, take the Metro into DTLA proper and/or Little Tokyo for some other awesome food! 


If everyone train station looked like this, people would take public transit all the time. Union Station is just such a timelessly beautiful building. As much as I loathe the long walk from the Gold Line to the Red Line, at least it gives you an excuse to pop your head into the exquisite waiting hall.

LA's Union Station is compact, efficient and easy to navigate, plus it maintains a nice Art Deco style which sets you in a pleasant mood for your travels. Train travel can be overlooked in Southern California, but it makes for a great (traffic free!) way to move up and down the coast. 

Union Station is a beautiful spot in Los Angeles. While I've caught the Surf Liner here to go to Santa Barbara, I also love that they get involved in the community and have had operas here and other events. It's a beautiful spot to even just walk around.