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Denver’s Union Station Guide

The Union Station facade with a sign that says Travel by Train

From corner stores to hidden gems, Denver has a unique and rich history. The apartments in Englewood, CO, are located nearby one of the area’s oldest standing buildings; Union Station. This hub of commerce and transportation helped build Denver into the bustling city it is today. If you’re planning a visit to the station, here’s everything you need to know.

Saving History

Union Station was built just shy of 140 years ago, helping put the then town of Denver on the map. With trains rushing in and out of the area, individuals could easily travel here for work or to enjoy the stunning natural landscape of the mountains. Train travel also opened up trade to the town, helping its citizens gain easier access to things like food and medical supplies.

With the success of Union Station, Denver experienced an economic boom that led to a rich and prosperous 1920s. While that prosperity stayed, the popularity of traveling by train declined as airlines and automobiles became the way of the future. As the turn of the century came, Union Station became a thing of the past and was on the docket to be torn down by the city.

Before the decision was finalized, a collaborative development group led by urban preservationist Dana Crawford lobbied to renovate the station. In 2012, she was able to get the multimillion-dollar renovation plan approved.

By July of 2014, the renovations were complete. Union Station’s historic attributes were preserved while creating a vibrant gathering place within its walls. Now, the station stands a tribute to all that Colorado has to offer.

New Age in Classic Style

The Great Hall is the center of Union Station, boasting nostalgic and elegant designs from the building’s past. Ornate molding, glistening chandeliers, and enormous arched windows harken back to the 20s era. Thanks to the restoration project, this hall is now a combination of timeless design and modern appeal.

Take Terminal Bar, for example, a restored ticket station that now serves locally distilled spirits and 30 regional draft beers on rotation. Aside from the necessary add-ons to make this spot a bar, it looks exactly as it did when it was built.

Visitors can also enjoy an array of fine dining and premier shopping experiences. Local chefs and owners of eclectic boutiques quickly set up shop inside the station, giving visitors access to businesses like Bloom and 5 Green Boxes. The Tattered Cover stands as one of Denver’s most beloved bookstores, Pigtrain Coffee serves up fresh roasts and delicious pastries, and Snooze’s breakfast delights are a crowd favorite.

During your visit, grab a craft sandwich from Mercantile to try their hand-picked veggies and exquisite ingredients like chili-glazed pork belly. Acme satisfies cravings for classic American fare like reuben sandwiches, Stoic & Genuine has fresh fish every day of the week, and Next Door American Eatery serves up bistro-style dishes sourced entirely from farmers in the U.S.

For dessert, give the spiked milkshakes at Milkbox Ice Creamery a try. They also offer 16 rotating flavors from Little Man Ice Cream, a Denver favorite thanks to its 100% natural ingredients. If you’re looking to relax after all that shopping, step into the Cooper Lounge for decadent spirits served in a romantic atmosphere.

Extending Your Trip

If you’re planning on making your trip to Union Station longer than a day, check into the dazzling Crawford Hotel. Their rooms boast luxury designs from the Pullman-era. Tesla chauffer service will take you anywhere within a two-mile radius, allowing you to catch a Broncos game at Mile High Stadium and explore the ever-popular Highlands neighborhood next to downtown.

Catching a Train

While all of these renovations have brought Union Station into the modern age without sacrificing its original beauty, there’s one aspect of the makeover that continues to keep the station alive. The days of steam engine trains may be over, but you can still take an Amtrak on the same tracks travelled by Denverites of the 1920s.

Travelers across the world continue to use Union Station to this day, often taking an Amtrak to San Francisco or traveling through the mountains to Chicago. Commuters and vacationers alike pass through the station just like they used back in 1881 when it was built.

A Different Vibe

Most stations across the world are hectic hubs of travelers filled with the commotion of individuals simply trying to get somewhere. Amazingly, Union Station creates a different energy within its walls. People here aren’t in a rush to do anything, but why? It has to do with stopping to enjoy the moment.

The station’s renovation focused on creating a landmark that represented both the history of the building and Colorado itself. Hallways and staircases are lined with vintage artwork that evoke the romance of train travel, knick knacks from the turn of the century and 1920s cause passersby to stop and reflect on a different time, and the flow of the station encourages you to slow down and take each moment in.

Outside, the courtyard’s Italian piazza design offers a place to relax and bask in Denver’s sunny weather. Take in the surroundings as you listen to the soothing sounds of the fountain. The station’s timeless appeal almost makes time stand still, if only for a moment, transportation visitors to a relaxed state of mind. It’s a unique phenomenon worth experiencing.

Apartments in Englewood, CO

Just like Union Station redefines the concept of commuting hubs, The Palmer creates a complete shift in urban apartment design. Deftly maintaining the tension between art and tech, luxury and rustic, this new aesthetic statement boasts old stylistic comforts with a modern finish. Distinctly local, this blend of contradictions is true to life.

Residence features like wood plank-style flooring and quartz countertops create an envious appeal, while a selection of on-site amenities cater to every facet of life. A resort-style pool, dog park, and 24-hour fitness center are just the tip of the iceberg.

Set on 9.5 acres of beautifully landscaped green, your Englewood location places you just minutes away from what makes the Denver area so amazing. Enjoy Inverness Golf Course, next door John Derry Park, and the Park Meadow Mall’s 185 shops and restaurants.

True to life. Yours. Welcome to The Palmer.