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Address: 1400 Defense Pentagon, Arlington, VA 20301-1400
Phone Number: 703-228-3988
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The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense are housed in...

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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$499.00*
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US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC
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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

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Interesting tour

You have to pre-book a tour and be vetted. The tour is interesting and you receive a lot of facts about the Pentagon's size, how it was built, number of people/offices and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Chatswood, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting to see inside this fascinating building but only really get to see public spaces. Need to book ahead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to pre-book a tour and be vetted. The tour is interesting and you receive a lot of facts about the Pentagon's size, how it was built, number of people/offices and the 9/11 crash. Obviously, you are restricted to the main corridors apart from the memorial room and a room designed to show the original building looked. So don't... More 

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Cairns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It took until 48 hours before our tour day to get the approval for our visit. Security on the day itself isn't that bad actually as you enter. You are seated with other visitors(reps,trades people etc seeing staff). There is a small gift shop,word of warning you do not come back to this area so buy whatever souvenirs you want... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited the pentagon and took the tour. The security was very tight. The tour was through general areas and we were not allowed to stop and read anything. The guide was knowledgable but it was sometimes hard to hear him. He provided so interesting facts and there were other interesting pictures info on the walls but we were not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked this tour before leaving the UK as you cannot just turn up. High security area so you need to make sure you turn up in time. We had 2 tour leaders, both military and very knowledgable. One of the highlights is the inside 9/11 memorial. Not included in the tour is the outside memorial which is breathtaking. You must... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the heart of American military protection. Though you cannot see inside you can see the outside of this massive structure. However, be aware that no photos are allowed unless you are in the Pentagon Memorial area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the tour before we left the UK as it is not possible just to turn up on the day. The tour is free and lasts an hour, you are guided throughout your time there by two military personnel; the main person leading our tour was on secondment from the air force and was very knowledgeable and amusing. During... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is about 50 mins long and the tour guide (millitay) walks backwards for the whole tour so you can hear what he is saying. be prepared to be there early and there is are lot of security checks before you are allowed in for obvious reasons.do not take photos outside the building or inside or you will be... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was without doubt the highlight of my trip to DC. The tours are free and open to the public but do require prebooking. Our tour was given by a member of the U.S Army and he was full of knowledge and charm. I found it quite funny that he had to walk backwards for the hour we were there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend the Pentagon tour. It is about one hour long and is very easy to organise. Its a little surreal to be in the headquarters of the DoD! A very informative tour with lots to view and hear. We went in 2008 and the tour has change quite a bit, you no longer visit the garden section in the... More 

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