National World War II Memorial

Overview

The World War II Memorial commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of "the greatest generation." Friedrich St. Florian's winning design balances classical and modernist styles of architecture, harmonizes with its natural and cultural surroundings, and connects the legacy of the American Revolution and the American Civil War with a great crusade to rid the world of fascism.

World War II Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The site lies along the central vista of the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial rests at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool along 17th Street, NW/SW. The park staff offers daily interpretive tours every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The memorial is open daily from 9 a.m. until 11:45 p.m.; it is closed on December 25 and for annual events surrounding the National Independence Day Celebration.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Directions

Driving: 

Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.

Flying: 

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transport: 

The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian on the Mall near 12th Street, SW. Federal Triangle station near 12th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW also provides convenient access to the World War II Memorial.