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  • Address: 1400 Defense Pentagon
The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, housed in one of the largest office buildings in the world, is the daily workplace for over 30,000 employees, both military and civilian. Much like the Vatican, the Pentagon is a city unto itself, and lays claim to six zip codes. Its distinctive five-sided building, designed by American architect George Bergstrom and dedicated in 1943, was originally meant to fit a pentagonal-shaped site at nearby Arlington Farms; when Franklin D. Roosevelt had the build site moved to its present location, the design was preserved in order to save both time and money.

On the grounds of the building, the two-acre Pentagon Memorial is a monument to the September 11, 2001 airplane attack on the Pentagon; the attack’s 184 victims are symbolized by illuminated granite benches arranged in order of the victims’ ages – 3 to 71.


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The closest available parking is at the Pentagon City Mall, a 10-minute walk from the Pentagon via a pedestrian tunnel. The Pentagon has its own, eponymous Metrorail stop, serving the Blue and Yellow Lines.

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Arlington National Cemetery and War Memorials Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 69 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

Independent Half-Day Trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria from Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 Reviews

Take a convenient half-day trip from Washington DC to Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington. Listen to your driver share historical facts and ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

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