Larimer Square has long been the heart of the Mile High City. If you’ve lived in town for more than a decade then you are aware that our beloved Union Station sat empty for many years and was almost torn down. Thankfully this historic building has been giving a new life and after it’s 2014 remodel is now one of the hottest places in town!
Take A Train Ride
First things first, Denver’s Union Station is still a fully functioning Amtrak train station. While it might not see the traffic it did in its heyday of the Roaring Twenties, you can take the California Zephyr train all the way to Chicago or San Francisco. Or go anywhere Amtrak travels via connecting routes. You can also keep things simple and take a day or weekend trip to Aspen or Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a beautiful way to enjoy the beauty of Colorado.
Enjoy A Delicious Meal
If you’ll just be in town for a few days heading to a train station to eat might not sound like the way to go—but think again! The majority of the station is retail and restaurant space dedicated to locally owned business owners. From handmade ice cream at Milkbox Ice Creamery to farm-to-table innovations from Mercantile Dining & Provision, and artisanal deli meats from ACME Delicatessen.
Stroll Through The Great Hall
The Great Hall features 65-foot ceilings, arched windows, and antique chandeliers. Bring your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities. The Great Hall is also home to the Terminal Bar which is has restored and transformed the old ticket station into a bar serving up a rotate variety of local craft beers. They also have master mixologists on hand to mix up anything you would like to drink.
Take A Tour
The onsite Crawford Hotel offers 1-hour guided tours most days of the week. This is an excellent way to learn the history of the station. For a bit more depth you can also take a 3-hour Guided Culinary Tour that passes through Union Station sampling food at the best locally owned restaurants in Larimer Square—and sharing the rich history of downtown Denver.
There are a few retail spaces inside of Union Station providing items you can’t find anywhere else. Find one-of-a-kind local crafts, jewelry and gifts at 5 Green Boxes. Take home a beautiful bouquet of flowers, handcrafted jewelry, and home décor from Bloom. If you still love to hold a book in your hands head over to Tattered Cover Book store. And don’t for get the artisan selections from Mercantile European Market and ACME Delicatessen.
As you can see Denver’s Union Station is so much more than a train station!