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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Plan a Visit

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for all who wish to visit. It is located north of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. along Constitution Avenue NW between 21st and 23rd streets.

Interested in a tour as part of your visit?  Fill out the tour request form. 


Getting to Washington, D.C.

By car
Several major roadways provide access to the National Mall and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • From the south: Interstates 66 and 395
  • From the north: Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, or the Cabin John Parkway
  • From the east: Routes 50, 1 and 4
  • From the west: Interstate 66 and Routes 50 and 29

By air
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is 15 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.  Alternative airports:  Dulles International (IAD) is approximately 45 minutes from Washington, D.C and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is approximately 1 hour from Washington, D.C.

By rail
Washington, DC (WAS) Union Station is the Amtrak station that services Washington, D.C. and is about 20 minutes from The Wall.  We recommend that you utilize the metro or a taxi from Union Station.


Local Transportation and Parking

Metro: There are two metro stops within walking distance to the Memorial.  Foggy Bottom/George Washington University, blue, orange and silver line, is the closest stop – turn right at the top of the stairs and walk south on 23rd Street about six blocks and that will bring you right to the Memorial.  Smithsonian, blue, orange or silver line, is about twice as far as the Foggy Bottom stop – at top of escalator you will be facing the Capitol, turn around and walk west past the Washington Monument until you reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial entrance around 21st and Constitution Avenue. For more information about the Metro system, visit WMTA.

Taxis/Uber/Lyft:  Taxis are usually available along Constitution Avenue. If you are trying to take an Uber/Lyft, the address that a visitor should use is: Constitution Ave NW & 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20245.

Bike: Visitors can use Capital Bikeshare to visit the National Mall, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Bikeshare station nearest to the memorial is at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue NW.  Please note:  Bikes and motorized scooters cannot be ridden down the walkway of the Memorial.

Car:  Parking is very limited, so we recommend utilizing public transportation. Parking along Constitution Avenue and many of the streets around the National Mall is now paid/metered parking with a time limit. For more information, visit NPS.

If you have any questions about handicapped parking, please contact the National Park Service public affairs at 202.619.7222.

Tour bus: The closest tour bus drop off is along Constitution Ave NW at 21st Street NW and is designated by signs.  There is limited tour bus parking along Ohio Drive.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Memorial Site

Since The Wall was dedicated in 1982 four additional components have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site. Click on each component below to learn more.

Three Servicemen Statue – overlooks The Wall on the West end

Flagpole – located near the Three Servicemen statue

Vietnam Women’s Memorial – located directly across from The Wall

In Memory plaque – located near the Three Servicemen statue adjacent to the Memorial


Tours of The Wall

Fill out the from below to for additional help planning your visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and to request a tour of the Memorial site from a VVMF staff member.


Finding Names on The Wall

There a multiple ways to look up the more than 58,000 names that are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Before your visit:  VVMF’s Wall of Faces features a page dedicated to all whose names are inscribed on The Wall.  Use this to find the location of a service member, view photos, and learn more information about their service and sacrifice.

During your visit:  There a multiple directories located at the entrances to the walkway of the Memorial.  These directories list the names inscribed on the Memorial in alphabetical order.  Throughout the year both VVMF staff members and NPS volunteers are available on site to help visitors locate names and do name rubbings.

The VVMF Mobile Tour Experience is an app that allows visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. to interact with the site in an immersive way using their mobile devices.  Download it by clicking here.


Learn More

Follow the links below to learn more about the Memorial before your visit.

Design and layout

Wall Facts

Stories from The Wall and the War

Items Left at The Wall

Timeline of the Vietnam Era