Getting There

Directions to the Memorial:


Metrorail

Washington, D.C. has one of the nicest subway systems in the United States. It serves the entire District of Columbia, plus the most populous Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The Metrorail runs from 5:00 am (weekdays), 7:00 am (weekends) to approximately midnight (Sunday-Thursday), and 3:00 am (Friday-Saturday). The time between trains varies from 3 to 20 minutes depending on the time of day and the rail line involved. About the only important part of the District not served by Metrorail is Georgetown.

The fare for a trip is based on time of day (rush hour vs. non-rush hour) and the departure and destination station combination. Each station has a lighted sign near the fare card vending machines that displays the Metro system map and the one-way fare to every other station in the system. You must purchase a magnetic strip fare card from one of the vending machines before you may enter the station. To get into or out of a station, you are required to feed the fare card into the turnstile. Assuming it has enough funds, the turnstile will return your card and then open to let you through.

To reach the Pentagon Memorial via the public Metrorail system, take either the yellow or blue line to the Pentagon stop. Exit the Metro, and take the escalator up to follow the signs to the Pentagon Memorial. For a Metrorail map and more information, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority web site.


Driving

TO OR FROM THE WEST: There are two main routes: I-66 and Route 50.

Route 50 is four lanes (or more in places) and does not have limited access (such as High Occupancy Vehicle lanes), but it does have traffic lights.

Get on Route 50 East.  Pass Fort Myer on your right.  Exit at the George Washington Memorial Parkway.  At the end of the exit ramp, merge onto the southbound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.  Stay in the right lane.  Just after the Arlington National Cemetery/Memorial Bridge exit, take the next exit on your right, marked Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove/I-395 North.  Once on the exit, veer right at the fork.  Merge onto Route 27.  Take the exit to the right marked “Pentagon South Parking.”  At the end of the exit ramp, you will be on South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.

I-66 is four lanes from Arlington to the beltway (I-495). Important note: All lanes of I-66 inside the beltway, between I-495 and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, are HOV lanes (i.e. a minimum of 2 people per vehicle) during rush hours (6:30 – 9:00 am eastbound, 4:00 – 6:30 pm westbound). It also becomes bumper to bumper during rush hour.

Take 66 East to Route 110 South.  Take Route 110 South to the exit for I-395 South (you will briefly be on Route 27 heading toward I-395 South).  Take the Pentagon South Parking exit.  At the end of the exit ramp, merge onto South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.

TO OR FROM THE SOUTH:There is one main route: I-95/395. This is the main north-south interstate route along the East coast of the United States, so it carries a heavy traffic load most of the time. South of the beltway (I-495) this road is called I-95. Between the beltway and downtown Washington, DC, this road is called I-395. When this highway crosses the Anacostia River several miles northeast of the Pentagon, it leads directly onto I-295.

Get on I-395 North in the direction of Washington, DC, take Exit 8B and drive north toward VA-27N.  Merge onto VA-27N.  Take the exit towards Columbia Pike/Hwy 244W.  Veer right and exit at the sign for South Parking/South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.

TO OR FROM THE EAST: There are two routes you may take: Route 1, or the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Take Route 1 through Crystal City.  Veer right and take the off-ramp for 15th Street.  At the light, make a left onto 15th Street.  At the intersection of 15th and Eads Street, turn right at the light onto Eads Street.  Proceed to the intersection of Eads Street and Army Navy Drive.  Proceed through the light to the first stop sign at the intersection of Eads and South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.

Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway heading north.  After passing Reagan National Airport, get into the middle lane.  Take the second exit ramp on the right, marked I-395/South/Richmond.  After taking the exit ramp, take Exit 8A, marked Washington Blvd./Ridge Road.  Merge onto South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.

TO OR FROM THE NORTH: Driving from Maryland or the District of Columbia, you may cross into Virginia using either the 14th Street Bridge or Memorial Bridge.

Take the 14th Street Bridge across the Potomac River into Virginia.  Follow signs for I-395 South.  From I-395 South, get off at Exit 8A/Pentagon South Parking.  Stay in your left lane and follow the South Parking exit ramp around to the intersection of South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.

Take Memorial Bridge past the Lincoln Memorial across the Potomac River into Virginia.  Go halfway around the traffic circle in front of the promenade to Arlington National Cemetery and turn right onto Route 110 South (poorly marked).  Take Route 110 South heading to the exit for I-395 South (you will briefly be on Route 27 as you head toward I-395 South).  Take the Pentagon South Parking exit.  At the end of the exit ramp, merge onto South Rotary Road.  Follow Rotary Road around for bus drop-offs, or to the North Rotary Road Kiss and Drop points.


Parking
Parking
 
Public parking is not available at the Pentagon. Visitors may opt to park at the Pentagon City Mall. No shuttle service is provided to or from the Pentagon. The Pentagon is less than a five-minute walk from the mall and can be reached through a pedestrian tunnel. Once through the tunnel, look for signs to the Metro entrance.

Private Vehicles: Weekdays & Weekends

Parking on the Pentagon Reservation is for AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY. However, parking is available to Pentagon Memorial visitors at the Hayes Street Parking Lot on weekdays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 am, and all day (until 7:00 am the following business day) on Saturday, Sunday and holidays (NOTE: OVERNIGHT PARKING IS PROHIBITED).  From South Rotary Road, turn right at Army Navy Drive.  Go through the intersection of Army Navy Drive and Hayes Street. The Hayes Street Parking Lot will be on your right. There is a pedestrian tunnel under I-395 that leads to the Pentagon from the Hayes Street Lot. After exiting the tunnel, follow signs to the Memorial Gateway. You may also park in the parking lot for the Pentagon City mall, which is directly across the street from the Hayes Street Lot.

On-street/garage parking may be available in some areas outside of the Pentagon Reservation. Regular fees may apply.
 
Taxis and Drop-Offs: 

Visitors are permitted to drop-off passengers at the Pentagon Memorial. However, drivers may not wait in the parking lot. Drivers may use North Rotary Road to make drop-offs at the specified drop-off zones.

Bus: 

Tour buses are only permitted to stage and unload at the east end of South Parking, with five parking spots available for buses along the sidewalk adjacent to lanes 28-30. Buses will not be permitted to exit or drop-off passengers using North Rotary Road. Drivers must stay with buses at all times. Follow the pedestrian walkway across the parking lot, and then follow signs to the Memorial Gateway (just over a 1/2 mile walk). During rush hour, the parking zones will be heavily congested. Expect long delays.

In the event of a security issue, the Pentagon Reservation, including its parking lots, may be locked down without notice for an extended period of time, adding long delays to arrivals and departures.

Parking for People with Disabilities: 

The Pentagon Memorial is accessible to those with disabilities. There are five parking spaces available in Lane 1 of the Pentagon South Parking lot for those with disabilities.  This parking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  All vehicles using this parking must display a valid disabled parking permit issued by the state or other jurisdiction in which the vehicle is registered.  (Please see number 4 on the  map in the Parking section above.)  
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