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The Pentagon, Arlington

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Government Building Tourist Spot
The headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, The Pentagon is the largest low-rise office building in the world. Spanning 11.6 hectares (28.7 acres), the facility hosts a working population of about 24,000 each day. On a free tour, you'll walk 2.4 km (1.5 mi) through the building and learn about the five armed-service branches of the U.S. Military-- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force, as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff. Admire the Medals of Honor displayed in the Hall of Heroes and pay your respects at the September 11th Memorial. No photographs, video, or audio recordings are allowed during the tour. Reserve your spot online at least two weeks in advance, and view the list of accepted identification, which is required for visitors 18 and older. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Arlington holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Pentagon and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Fun tour, of course, the tour does not go beyond certain corridors and more or less public areas but it is still nice to the extent vh complex to experience and see what a facilities here are for staff. The tour is given by a delegate of a force component. In our case a marine. Funny to see how the whole tour runs backwards for the Group and so everyone sees and speaks intelligible. You come along several corridors that an exhibit show, for example, the air force and the Viet Nam war. Unfortunately, there is no time to quietly read and view. Also you'll pass a Memorial and the place where the plane the Pentagon invloog on 9/11. Tour takes a tight hour and you have to book well in advance. If you have the chance I would definitely go. You hear a lot of fascinating facts.
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  • SO many routes...and BELT..around Wash DC. We happened on one that gave us a pretty close view..lower than us. Other "driveby places" we saw..in area...were: Federal Mint/Treasury, Senate/Congress, Ca...  more »
  • I've been inside the Pentagon several times and every time I go in it I am just amazed. It would be very easy to get lost but you are not allowed to just walk around by yourself.  more »
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  • Not easily accessible, tours are offered on the website and need to be preplanned. The tour itself was great and provided a rare opportunity to see the Pentagon. The hallways are lined with display cases showing historical pieces. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. I highly recommend.
  • I really enjoyed the tour in the most word popular place with the great shape building!
  • It's pretty dope place. They only have to work on their coffee but other than everything is pretty good
  • Overall was a positive experience; the tour guides were very knowledgeable and kind but I must admit, the breakfast in bed could use some work. Not sure if i'd stay overnight again.
  • The president was delicious and he tasted like an orange pop tart.P.S. I hack you guys with a calculator.

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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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