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National World War II Memorial

Part of the National Mall and National Park Service, this memorial to American citizens who served in World War II lies at the eastern end of the Lincoln Memorial’s Reflecting Pool. Designed by Austrian-American avant-garde architect Friedrich St. Florian and dedicated in 2004, this 7.4-acre, oval-shaped site consists of 56 granite pillars, two triumphal arches, and a reflecting pool with two fountains.

Each 17-foot pillar symbolizes a different U.S. state or territory, and the two 43-foot arches are dedicated to America’s victory in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, respectively. On 24 bronze panels at the memorial’s entrance, moving bas-relief scenes depict the process of drafting and training soldiers, sending them overseas and into battle, and welcoming them back home, either alive or dead.  A series of over 4,000 gold stars symbolizes the sacrifices made by over 400,000 Americans from “the Greatest Generation,” and two pieces of “Gilroy Was Here” graffiti allude to the importance this cartoon soldier had for American troops abroad.

Visitor parking is available for free along Ohio Drive south of the Lincoln Memorial, or just south of the Jefferson Memorial in Lots A, B and C. No Metrorail stations are entirely adjacent to the Memorial, but the Farragut North, Metro Center, Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations are all within several blocks’ walking distance.

Park rangers are on-site each day and offer tours every hour on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 679 Reviews

Discover Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $39.00

Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions like a true VIP insider. Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

See the very best of Washington DC in one day! Aboard a state-of-the-art, luxury 30-passenger coach for a narrated 6-hour tour, see the White House, the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

Washington DC in a Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 157 Reviews

Soak up the best of Washington DC on this full-day tour that combines informative narration with free time to explore popular sights. Step off your coach to ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.50
$45.00 Save $13.50

Arlington National Cemetery and War Memorials Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Explore Washington DC’s Arlington National Cemetery and most famous memorials on this 6-hour coach and walking tour. Your licensed tour guide hops off at each ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

See Washington DC’s major sites in a fun, unique way – aboard an electric cart! As you explore Capitol Hill, see famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00

Small-Group National Mall Walking Tour in Washington DC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in America’s rich history on this small-group guided tour of the country’s ‘front yard’ – the Washington DC National Mall! Visit dozens of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.29

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