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“Pentagon 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.
Reviewed November 21, 2013

This was an excellent experience. There were restrictions but that was to be expected. In was a good insight into the building and its workings. It was a bit rushed and it would have been nice to be given the opportunity to view the exhibits that were in the hall ways. The military members who gave the tours were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I believe that if you undertake this tour with an open mind it will be enjoyable.

8  Thank Hermie12
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

My husband and I went on the Pentagon Tour today. It was an enormous waste of our time. We were told to be there 1 hour before our tour started. When we showed up at the appropriate time we were told to go away for a half hour and come back. The tour is 1-1/2 miles walking through Pentagon corridors where they have display cabinets, placards, 911 quilts, etc. on display. However they never stop for more than just a moment to let you look at anything. The commentary by our tour guide seemed primarily to be about how large the Pentagon is, even how many phone calls they make and the number of toilets. We were also told about all the shops and services available in the Pentagon complex - even a Best Buy, CVS Pharmacy and their own video rental shop. At the finish of the tour we walked away feeling like we didn't really see anything interesting and the little we learned we could have read in 2 paragraphs in Wikipedia. I would certainly not recommend this tour to anyone.

9  Thank AverageAmerican
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Be grateful that a Military building, the HQ of the USA's Military and Department of Defense offers public tours in the first place and go with the right expectations and you will not be disappointing. This is not Disney World. There is no walking off where you want to. No taking random pictures where you feel like it and really nothing that is going to excite you or fire your imagination.

People seem to go with the expectation that you are going to be allowed to tour all the sensitive parts of the building. To be shown: "This is where at a touch of a button we can command the entire Naval Fleet to fire on any given target". It is not going to happen people!

What you will have is a speedily talked and walked through and recited tour of some of the mundane aspects of life at the Pentagon. This is where we grab a coffee and have a donut, this is where we can rent DVDs, you can fit x number of football fields along this hallway. There appear to be some interesting historical exhibits along the halls ways as you walk through but since you have to keep moving, you don't get to read or take anything in.

You get to spend 2 minutes at the 9/11 memorial inside the building which was the final resting place of the fatal plane which struck to pay your respects.

For what it was I just enjoyed being able to set foot inside the Pentagon and took nothing away but this experience. Book in advance as far as possible as the background checks takes a while due to the volume of requests. You may only get notified you are allowed to tour days/ the day before you request to do it.

8  Thank walshyfamily
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Not exactly what I was expecting from the heart of America's military might. The tour was outstanding, given by one of the young airmen, soldiers, sailors, or marines on the honor guard. It only covers the public areas and doesn't seem that long until the tour guide tells you how many miles you just walked through the halls. Just don't be expecting to see thousands of people walking around. There's a lot you don't get to see.

2  Thank notleo01
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

The public tour is a good glimpse into the Pentagon, and you get to briefly see some of the displays that litter the hallways of the building. The tour guides are very competent and knowledgeable, but you just don't have time to see everything or read what you do see on the tour. so my recommendation is that you do the public tour and then try to find someone who works there that you or a friend knows and get a slower, more in depth tour. Even if they don't know much about the building, if they are willing to take the time, you can see and take it all in.

1  Thank JPC451
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