Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Overview

Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that "the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives." She kept the design elegantly simple to "allow everyone to respond and remember." There are over 58,000 names on the wall.

The public may visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 24 hours a day. However Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

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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: 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The site lies at the western end of the National Mall, adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial in West Potomac Park. The memorial rests just north of the Korean War Veterans Memorial, across the Reflecting Pool.

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 Foggy Bottom/George Washington University at 23rd and I Streets, NW; the station is just about 7/10 a mile from the memorial.