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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Pentagon

The Pentagon
1400 Defense Pentagon, Arlington, VA 20301
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Arlington National Cemetery and War Memorials Tour
Ranked #12 of 29 Attractions in Arlington
Type: Government buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Our visit here wasn't worth the journey - had we known in advance, we could have booked a tour inside but apparently you need to book 2-3 months ahead! We walked around as far as we could, on a wet day, which was probably good, as there was no shade anywhere, so the concrete would have been very glaring if it had been sunny. Photos were not allowed around the perimeter of the building and as its not a very "pretty" structure, that didn't matter much!!

Visited August 2013
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Hernando Beach, Florida, United States
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“Private Tour with an employee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This was a private tour with my family member who works there although anyone can go in with proper ID. We were able to go a lot further being escorted to see the Air Force wing of the Pentagon, the Memorial to those who perished at the Pentagon, see the Commander of the USAF and meet and talk to him. The history of our country is so awe inspiring and the people who serve in the military genuinely love their job and country. It's a shame for the "upper Management" who make decisions that affect those who carry out the missions to be doing so behind closed doors and not on the front lines where it matters. I guess with any company you can say the same but the weight on our nation is so much greater. God Bless our Armed Forces and their families for all they sacrifice.

Visited May 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“The tour seemed rushed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was my first tour of the Pentagon and I feel like it could have been better. First of all, the tour guides seemed to be in a hurry. They were talking fast and I could barely understand them most of the time. We did not have time to really stop and look at the things they were trying to explain. The only part of the tour that was more relaxed was the 9/11 memorial. Other than that, this was an average visit. The check-in process went smooth. There was a small gift area to visit at the end of the tour.

Visited July 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Pretty spectacular building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

It's one of those places that, if you are in DC, you must do the tour since it is such a spectacular building and so historic - and you can say, "Oh, I've been there." Tour is a very speedy walk with no stopping to examine pictures, etc on the walls unfortunately. You will see the inside 9/11 memorial; very moving and can visit the outside one on your own. No photos allowed - not even of the Redbox or Panda Express inside - neither of which is available for public use. Also, unfortunately, you cannot eat in the cafeteria. You won't see anything secret, but it's well worth the tour. Not sure if you need to arrange it strictly through your local member of Congress, which we did.

Visited August 2013
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Lake Grove, Ny
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“9/11 memorial very emotional”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

WE visited DC in April and had a tour at the pentagon. The actual tour was simply a walk through the building. No time to stop and look at all the pictures on the walls, too many tours, too little time. We were rushed through it. However, outside is the memorial for 9-11 and it is a "Must" do. Emotionally it struck me as I walked through the gardens and understood how this memorial was designed. It was a very respectful design showing the age of those killed and whether they were aboard the plane or in the building. We suggest you take the time to visit this.

Visited April 2013
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