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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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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, null
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the popular monuments in Washington, DC with this guided, 3-hour tour of the National Mall at night. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 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
DC After Dark, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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DC After Dark

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington, DC at night on this guided, 2-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Hop on board a motor coach or ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.00
Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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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 2 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $89.99
Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $80.00
Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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
Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the best of Washington, DC with a guided, 6-hour bus and walking tour of the city's top sites. This exciting tour includes a (seasonal) river cruise ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour

This morning bus tour offers the flexibility to visit DC's major attractions without feeling rushed from place to place, leaving plenty of time to explore on ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.00
Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran, Washington DC, City Tours
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Design your own tour of Washington, DC, to ensure you visit every must-see location on your wish list. Choose between numerous military and DC area sites to ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $240.00
Half-day Washington DC Sightseeing Tour by Coach, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-day Washington DC Sightseeing Tour by Coach

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 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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