If you really want to step back into time and do some shopping at the same time, then Union Station should be your stop. Just three stops from Chancellor's Row at the Brookland/CUA Metro station on the red line, Union Station is a masterpiece of design that has served countless travelers over the years. Before airplanes became popular, it was trains that moved the masses throughout the country and Union Station was built in 1908 to serve as a gateway to the nation's capital. Back in 1908, The station covered more ground than any other building in the U.S. and was the biggest train station in the world.
A lot has changed since 1908 and in that time the station has gone from a masterpiece to a state of disrepair and back to a masterpiece for modern times. Now housing 130 shops, restaurants, movie theaters and eateries as well as the gateway to train travel throughout the U.S., 32 million pass through the building each year making it the most visited destination in Washington.