Even if you're not taking the train, the historic Union Station in Portland, Ore., is well worth a visit.
Vintage neon signs atop the clock tower at Portland’s Union Station call out to travelers: go by train. Even if your plans don’t include a rail journey, the Romanesque revival building deserves a closer look. Restored for the station’s centennial in 1996, the ticket hall’s marble panels glow under giant pendant lights that descend from ornate box-beam ceilings. But this is no mere museum: The stately structure continues to serve as an important nexus for Western travel, welcoming trains heading north to Canada and south to California. It’s also one of more than 250 locations around the country hosting special events for National Train Day, held this year on May 10. nationaltrainday.com.
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Photography by Robbie McClaran
This article was first published in May 2014. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.