Tribes: Who likes this place?
What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.
Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to?Join now
- 84%Family Travelers
- 82%History Buffs
Member Reviews (4)
- Union StationMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 29, 2013
Western Cities like Denver only survived because of their railroads. Union Station is one of those grand old stations that evokes a time when train travel was the dominant mode of transportation. These days you can still take a sleeper to San Francisco through the Rockies.
- Union StationMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
I have twice taken the California Zephyr east from the Bay Area, and once all the way to Chicago. It's a marvelous journey, especially during Day 1 has the train climbs the Sierra's through Donner Pass and onto Truckee and Day 2 through gorgeous stretches of eastern Utah and Western Colorado. I particularly remember a stretch in Colorado where we asked a porter why the train was going so slow. Her answer was that this was a dangerous stretch and "one false move, and we could all be history!"
The sleeper and meal accommodations were very nice. I love train time. Life slows down a bit and you get to meet and chat with all sorts of interesting people and hear all sorts of stories.
The California Zephyr stops in Union Station for a few hours, which gives the passengers time to stretch and explore. For me that means browsing within Tattered Cover Books, finding a good brew pub, and otherwise just exploring this thriving part of Denver.
Union Station is a beautiful and grand old lady, with high ceilings, a classic waiting area, and a nice feel for train travel and a portal to places beyond. That of course is tempered with the recent loss of the Rio Grande Ski train. However, with all of Denver's transit center plans, I can only hope for the best and look to Kansas City's successful refurbishment of their own Union Station as a guide.