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Pentagon Memorial, Arlington

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Pentagon Memorial honors the 184 people who died in the attack on the Pentagon building on September 11, 2001. Each person is honored by an illuminated bench with his or her name set in shallow pools of water. When you read the names of those who perished inside the building, you'll face the spot where the plane hit the Pentagon. Turn toward the sky to read the names of those who were on board. At the memorial, you can dial a number to listen to an audio tour on your phone. The tour is also available online for listening and download. The memorial is the only part of the Pentagon complex where taking photos is allowed. Before you visit Arlington, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Well thought out memorial. Be sure to pickup a brochure that explains the concept behind the memorial.  more »
  • 9/11 was a day that was felt around the world and in Australia it was no different. I had always wanted to see the Pentagon memorial but had never been close enough in previous visits to the States. W...  more »
  • A square, where one pays tribute the deceased in this event that would change a few spots in the world.
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  • What a beautiful memorial. There are two recorded walking tours available, 12 & 25 minutes long depending on how much time you have available. The dial in number for the tour is located at the entrance to the memorial. The tour will give you a better perspective on the how's, why's and not leave you guessing. There are also some very touching moments you won't want to miss within the recording. Evening hours would be a great time to go to see the reflecting water features.
  • Very peaceful but the walk from the metro will feel like forever if its hot out. But it will be worth it once you get there. Lots of trees for shade. Very nice memorial.
  • This is a nice and peaceful place. The best times to visit are in he early morning during sunrise and at night. The place is open 24/7 and is a safe location. PPD constantly patrols.
  • Learnt about the 9/11. Nice place. Clean. Photography only allowed within the memorial.
  • Very peaceful way of respecting the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. A voice tour was also available but I much prefer exploring at my own pace.

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Where to stay in Arlington

If your trip to America's capital city doesn't include a big budget for accommodations, consider staying on the other side of the Potomac River in the county of Arlington. You’ll find a good selection of both expensive and economical hotels inside Washington, D.C., proper, but staying in Arlington county removes you from the big crowds and allows you to choose from a range of budget-friendly inns and motels. This area also offers extended-stay apartments, many located near the Ballston neighborhood's metro stop.
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