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  • Address: Henry Bacon Drive, at Constitution Avenue NW, National Mall, Washington D.C., USA
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day
  • Admission: Free

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

If not one of the most powerful in the world, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is certainly one of the most powerful in Washington D.C. The iconic memorial is comprised of two walls of polished black granite, on which the names of the 58,209 soldiers killed in the Vietnam War are inscribed. It's an eloquent inversion of the Mall's other monuments: rather than a pale, ornate structure reaching skyward, it's dark, austere and burrows into the earth, symbolizing the war's wound to the national psyche.

Paper indices at both ends help you locate individual names. The most moving remembrances are notes, medals, and mementos left by survivors, family and friends; some of these are collected by park rangers and displayed at the National Museum of American History.

Nearby is the tree-ringed Women in Vietnam Memorial depicting female soldiers aiding a fallen man. Veterans dedicated to finding lost POWs have set up permanent camps around the monument, passing out pamphlets and Congressional petitions to search for soldiers still missing three decades after the war's end.

Practical Info

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located northeast of the Lincoln Memorial, on the National Mall, and is accessible via metro and bus. The memorial is also near the Conservatory Garden and the Reflecting Pool, which fronts the Lincoln Memorial. Allow 20 to 30 minutes for your visit.

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3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, null
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3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

Enjoy all the sites of our nation's capital from the luxury of your premium Sedan, SUV, or a 15-passenger van on a 3 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $89.99
Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the monuments at night with this 3 hour guided tour of the National Mall and its memorials. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
DC After Dark, Washington DC, Night Tours
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DC After Dark

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience Washington, DC at night through a fun and comprehensive sightseeing tour. See the White House, Iwo Jima Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.00
Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, City Tours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Explore the best of Washington DC with a guided bus and walking tour of the city's top sights plus a (seasonal) river cruise out of Georgetown. This 6 hour ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Explore Washington DC on this half-day sightseeing tour led by a knowledgeable driver-guide. Departing from Union Station, the narrated 4-hour loop stops at ...  Read more

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

From USD $29.99
Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC

See the top attractions of the National Mall at night on our 3-hour guided, small group tour as iconic Washington DC sites take on a spectacular glow against ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour

A private narrated tour is ideal for those who want to sit back, be chauffeured, and learn about the city at the ease of our drivers and fun tour guides. ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00
Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

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Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Half-day Washington DC Sightseeing Tour by Coach, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Half-day Washington DC Sightseeing Tour by Coach

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 24 Reviews

See the nation's capital in three hours. Three hour step on bus tour of Washington D.C. accompanied by professional tour guide with three off the bus stops. ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.00

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