After seeing plenty of beautiful Instagram posts about Union Station, LA's main railway station, I knew I had to explore it in person and bring my new camera (Canon Rebel t6i) along for the fun! Union Station was built in 1939 and offers passengers an opportunity to travel by train locally, regionally, and long distance. As I walked through the station's door, I was mesmerized by the Spanish colonial architecture, the natural light shining through the large windows, the tiles, and the "back in time" feel to it all. It made feel as if I were transported in time, back to the 1800's, when trains were a form of travel that only the luxurious and wealthy could enjoy.
It's not too often that I get to explore a train station - let alone actually take a train someplace - so it made this adventure a unique experience for me. I loved walking around and playing with the settings on my camera to snap some pics (I still have a lot to learn, but I'm making progress!). It was no surprise to me that Union Station has been featured in some well-known movies - Blade Runner, Pearl Harbor, and Private Eye, to name a few - and was also featured in the beginning of Pharrell William's 24-hour music video for "Happy."
Overall, Union Station is a great place to admire the gorgeous interior, take advantage of the picture-perfect lighting, and observe the busy bodies strolling through the largest railroad terminal in the Western United States. Also, from Union Station, you can easily walk to Olvera Street (the birthplace of Los Angeles in the 1700's), which makes for a great Los Angeles adventure itself.
Click to read more information about Union Station or click to look into train routes and purchase tickets for your next train adventure! Whether you're heading into Los Angeles or decide to make a pit-stop en route to your final destination, hop off at Union Station and explore some of this magical city. Or, if you're a local looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure and enjoy photography, head into Union Station at your leisure to explore! Union Station is located at 800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. There's a visitor parking lot right out front of Union Station.
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