Train Stations That Still Got it: Baltimore, Maryland's Pennsylvania Station
Like usual, most good things come from New York. We kid, we kid...but really the beautiful Beaux Arts Pannsylvania Station in Baltimore was actually designed by a New York architect, Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison. The impressive buildingwith its clock-fronted facade and impressive interior stained glass skylightswas opened in 1911 and miraculously still serves quite a slew of regular Amtrak trains; trust Wikipedia to have a list of them.
Though we could have easily popped down to Baltimore on a train from NYC, we instead chose a BoltBus one time, which actually also arrived just a block or two away from the station, proving Penn Station's continued dominance as a hub of transportation on the east coast.
Train trip or not, the station is worth going out of your way for a peek. We've included images of our two favorite features below: the lion head/paw base of the benchtop lampposts, and the radiant stained glass ceiling. Just keep in mind that by way of eateries and other entertainments in the station, there's virtually nothing.
Oh wait; we take that back. Baltimore's Penn Station does now have Amtrak's in-station WiFi.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher]