The Pentagon
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense are housed in the massive Pentagon, whose five wedge-shaped sections represent the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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  • Dleg4
    105 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A so-so experience
    We expected a little more in-depth info during our Pentagon tour, like maybe how the building is laid out, which floors dedicated to what, etc. Our first guide, female USAF, was easy to hear, but the second male Army guide spoke too fast & was difficult to hear. There are numerous display cases throughout hallways, but really no time to even look at them. I did like their focus on 9/11, exhibit, chapel, etc. Outdoor 9/11 memorial NOT included in tour—you must walk around parking lot on your own to see this—definitely a must-see. I appreciated being allowed inside Pentagon and understand secrecy, but feel we left with little more than seeing shops and hallways.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 September 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hassle to get a tour!
    The Pentagon offers a great tour. Of course you don't get to see any current secret stuff of course, but you do get an excellent, interesting history lesson. The youn uniformed servicemembers who give the tours are always exceptionally sharp an even inspiring.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2024
  • TRAVELING-R-US
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takes time to get approved.
    Only issue with getting reservations is we applied 90 days out and it took until the day before our visit to be approved. Apparently they are way behind in applications so just plan on going the time you set and if you don't here back the day before call the number on the website. Pentagon is incredibly well done with tour. The halls are aligned with history. 911 memorial is very well done, very emotional. Do Not take a bag follow rules, or you won't be allowed on tour.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 April 2024
  • Brianna R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly Surprised by Tour of the Pentagon!
    After reading reviews, we were hesitant if we wanted to do the tour or not. We are very glad we did the tour! To say this place is huge is an understatement. Security is stringent but were very friendly. The visitor center entrance is right off the metro stop. Paid parking is across the street and it's a little bit of a hike through the tunnel to the visitor center. I recommend taking the metro! The appointment confirmation says you have to be there an hour before your tour, but if you get there 40 minutes before you should be totally fine. After clearing security they have a tiny gift shop (the only one you can access) and some photo opp spots to kill the time. Photos here are allowed. The tour was approximately 45 minutes long and has about 15 people. You are not allowed to bring your phone or any electronic recording devices (for obvious reasons). They have a lockbox for you to lock up personals and you get a key to redeem belongings afterwards. I read many reviews where people mentioned the tour being too quick and too much information. It is a continuously moving tour, so you do not have time to stop and read all the information on the walls. There is information/keepsakes/photos like museum style on every wall in every corridor. I think you could spend a week alone trying to get through it all - if allowed! You will walk approximately 1 mile during the tour alone. The guides covered a lot of information, but I think it was at a reasonable pace and they walked at a good pace, no one seemed to fall back. The unique thing is every time you take the tour the guides get to choose where they take you and what they speak about. Therefore, you can take the tour a number of times and hear new information. Regardless, they always include the inside 911 memorial on every tour. The tour guides (National Guards) are very friendly and are happy to answer questions. Very well worth our time!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 2024
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Brianna R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
After reading reviews, we were hesitant if we wanted to do the tour or not. We are very glad we did the tour! To say this place is huge is an understatement. Security is stringent but were very friendly. The visitor center entrance is right off the metro stop. Paid parking is across the street and it's a little bit of a hike through the tunnel to the visitor center. I recommend taking the metro! The appointment confirmation says you have to be there an hour before your tour, but if you get there 40 minutes before you should be totally fine. After clearing security they have a tiny gift shop (the only one you can access) and some photo opp spots to kill the time. Photos here are allowed. The tour was approximately 45 minutes long and has about 15 people. You are not allowed to bring your phone or any electronic recording devices (for obvious reasons). They have a lockbox for you to lock up personals and you get a key to redeem belongings afterwards. I read many reviews where people mentioned the tour being too quick and too much information. It is a continuously moving tour, so you do not have time to stop and read all the information on the walls. There is information/keepsakes/photos like museum style on every wall in every corridor. I think you could spend a week alone trying to get through it all - if allowed! You will walk approximately 1 mile during the tour alone. The guides covered a lot of information, but I think it was at a reasonable pace and they walked at a good pace, no one seemed to fall back. The unique thing is every time you take the tour the guides get to choose where they take you and what they speak about. Therefore, you can take the tour a number of times and hear new information. Regardless, they always include the inside 911 memorial on every tour. The tour guides (National Guards) are very friendly and are happy to answer questions. Very well worth our time!
Written 22 May 2024
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TRAVELING-R-US
UTAH13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Only issue with getting reservations is we applied 90 days out and it took until the day before our visit to be approved. Apparently they are way behind in applications so just plan on going the time you set and if you don't here back the day before call the number on the website. Pentagon is incredibly well done with tour. The halls are aligned with history. 911 memorial is very well done, very emotional. Do Not take a bag follow rules, or you won't be allowed on tour.
Written 16 April 2024
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Pentagon offers a great tour. Of course you don't get to see any current secret stuff of course, but you do get an excellent, interesting history lesson. The youn uniformed servicemembers who give the tours are always exceptionally sharp an even inspiring.
Written 1 March 2024
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Dleg4
California105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We expected a little more in-depth info during our Pentagon tour, like maybe how the building is laid out, which floors dedicated to what, etc. Our first guide, female USAF, was easy to hear, but the second male Army guide spoke too fast & was difficult to hear. There are numerous display cases throughout hallways, but really no time to even look at them. I did like their focus on 9/11, exhibit, chapel, etc. Outdoor 9/11 memorial NOT included in tour—you must walk around parking lot on your own to see this—definitely a must-see. I appreciated being allowed inside Pentagon and understand secrecy, but feel we left with little more than seeing shops and hallways.
Written 27 September 2023
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CbinBigD
Dallas, TX137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This was one of my favorite tours in DC. The place is enormous. Security is tight and a security clearance must be done in advance. In addition to displays from all branches of the military, our guide took us to the 911 display inside where we could see exactly where the terrorists plan came thru the building. there is also an outdoor memorial to those who lost their lives on 911.
Written 20 April 2023
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Griffin D
Moscow, Russia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Had a great time exploring this play place. The employees were even dressed up as secret agents! They even had little fake guns they would point at me and say all sternly "Get out or we will shoot!". I loved the different rooms with fun themes, like the defense headquarters, and the bomb room. I even met an alien!
Written 7 December 2022
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Dickenson Family
Kemptville, Canada938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Very large, bigger than I was expecting. Another must see attraction if you are in Washington. Located on the way out/in to the city, for those who just want to see the building, the highway leading away from Washington towards Virginia drives right past it.
Written 31 July 2022
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Jacob Bunkeflod
Odense, Denmark10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Only open to US citizens for the time beeing - so unfortunately we couldn't go and visit. Had a great look at Pentagon from US Airforce Memorial
Written 25 July 2022
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Ally G
Peterborough, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
You have to book online no more than 3 months in advance for this, and don't get authorisation until very close to your requested date. We got our authorisation for the tour on the day beforehand! It's totally Free Of Charge (as are most things in D.C.), and is well worth the visit. Obviously, being the main seat of American defence, the entry procedures are extremely strict and there is no photography anywhere near the Pentagon, let alone inside. If you try to get a camera out, good luck trying to hide it from the security patrols and hungry looking dogs! The interior is absolutely huge. The tour guides walk backwards while talking and don't stop at each point for very long. Very surreal seeing civilians and official forces staff going about their daily work while you're walking around what is effectively their office space! The facts about the Pentagon are interesting, ie, the length of time it takes to walk around the building, the fact that 14 people are employed just monitor and change lightbulbs. The 9/11 memorial, close to where the 9/11 plane hit, is a poignant reminder, and although the gardens were closed for maintenance at our visit, I would imagine the area to be a great reflective space. Absolutely loved this tour. Would definitely recommend it.
Written 23 February 2020
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
THEY SAY MORE IS MORE….

….which is something I finally began to understand after viewing this; the biggest office building in the world.
I mean the place has its own SUBWAY STOP and BUS STATION (and I noticed many bus departures were for places not close to the DC area).
Lack of time and uncertainty of visiting date meant I didn’t book a tour, but simply walking around the outside of this place gave me a good idea of how awesome it is. Particularly when it seemed to be shift-change time with thousands of employees heading for the transport facilities.

Is it worth the visit if you have no internal tour arranged? Well to me it was – just an oversight of the awesome size was enough, but I was given an extra moving bonus of being able to access the 9-11 MEMORIAL** outside. A definite plus.

TIPS – access to the area for non-drivers is a breeze. DC’s good metro can get you from central city to the PENTAGON stop in 12 mins.
But public parking is not available – nearest is PENTAGON CITY MALL** (10 mins walk).
- it’s maybe not such a good idea to take pix of the building. I didn’t know, and no authorities jumped me – hence the pix with this report. But those authority people have no senses of humour. Not a good bunch to mess with.
- one exterior area you can photograph and is worth a visit is the 9-11 MEMORIAL SITE** near the south-west corner of the building. Very moving. Note it will be closed for renevations until late May 2020.

**TRIPADVISOR has separate user review pages.
Written 21 February 2020
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