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The Pentagon
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, housed in one of the largest office buildings in the world. Located in Washington DC, it is composed of five wedge-shaped sections and houses 30,000 military and civilian employees.
 
The Basics
The Pentagon is a city unto itself, and its distinctive 5-sided building lays claim to six ZIP codes. Designed by American architect George Bergstrom and dedicated in 1943, the grounds are home to the 2-acre (0.80-hectare) Pentagon Memorial. 
 
A walking tour of the Pentagon covers 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) over the course of an hour and highlights the missions and accomplishments of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Staff. Many tours of Washington DC and Arlington stop at the Pentagon, whether you want to visit on a private or group tour. Hop-on, hop-off tours typically stop at the Pentagon along with DC highlights such as the White House, Jefferson Memorial, and US Capitol Building. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • No photos, videos, or recordings are allowed during Pentagon tours.
  • Travelers must exit the building directly after their tour concludes and are not allowed back into the Visitor Center.
  • The Pentagon is accessible to wheelchair users, although they must travel with someone to assist them inside the building. 
 
How to Get There
While guided tours and hop-on, hop-off buses are a good way to arrive at the Pentagon, travelers who arrive by car can park at the Pentagon City Mall and walk through the pedestrian tunnel (about a 10-minute walk). The Pentagon has its own Metrorail stop, serving the Blue and Yellow lines.
 
When to Get There
The building can sometimes be closed to visitors without notice, so it’s a good idea to check ahead of time. For scheduled tours, arrive at the security checkpoint at least an hour ahead of the tour start time. Be sure to explore the gift shop and Visitor Center, as you won’t be allowed back into these areas after your tour concludes. 
 
The Pentagon Memorial
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the west wall of the Pentagon, penetrating three of the five rings. The area hit was under renovation at the time, and many of the offices were empty, sparing countless lives. The area has since been repaired and is now flanked by the Memorial, which is open to the public 24 hours a day. This monument to the airplane attack honors the 184 victims, symbolized by illuminated granite benches arranged in order of their ages: 3 to 71.
Address: 1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301, USA
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Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DCPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC

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Explore the military history of Washington, DC, on a 6-hour, private tour of the Pentagon, Fort McNair, the Industrial College of Armed Forces, and Arlington Cemetery. This tour accommodates your group of up to 5 people, and includes round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees, and a personal driver/guide.
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Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington DC on this guided, half- or full-day, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The full-day tour features more than 30 sites with visits to at least 12. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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Discover the highlights of the nation’s capital on a hassle-free guided tour from New York City. While visiting Washington DC from NYC can be a long day trip to make on your own, by booking this tour you can relax on a comfortable coach and learn historical details from your guide throughout the journey. This enables you to maximize your time and arrive well rested rather than tired from driving.
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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private, 4-hour tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the US nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials and monuments. See the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many other landmark locations. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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We will travel through the best highways in the country, after leaving New York City early in the morning. On our way to Washington we will cross New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The traveler will experience a 5 hour walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital with views of the most iconic landmarks such as the Pentagon, the White House, Jefferson Memorial and the FBI Building. Hop off for guided walks at Lincoln Memorial, including the Korea and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capital lawn.
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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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