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Panoramic Views at the US Marine Corps War Memorial

US Marine Corps War Memorial

From Arlington Ridge, experience a panoramic view of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the US Marine Corps War Memorial, and Capitol Building behind the US Marine Corps War Memorial against the Washington, DC skyline.
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From Arlington Ridge, experience a panoramic view of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the US Marine Corps War Memorial, and Capitol Building behind the US Marine Corps War Memorial against the Washington, DC skyline.
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Pets must be on a leash that is no more than six feet long and pet owners must dispose of waste in a trash can. 

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22209

Directions

The US Marine Corps War Memorial is in Virginia near Arlington National Cemetery.

By Car

From VA 110 south turn right onto Marshall Drive, then follow signs for the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

From US 50 east take the exit for Rosslyn and the Key Bridge. Turn right onto Meade Street at the top of the ramp. Turn left on Marshall Drive, then follow the signs for the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

From US 50 west cross into Virginia on the Roosevelt Bridge and take the exit for Rosslyn and the Key Bridge. Turn left onto Meade Street at the top of the ramp. Turn left on Marshall Drive, then follow the signs for the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

Parking is available at the US Marine Corps War Memorial. Buses should load and unload in the inner lane. Parking at the memorial is restricted to six vehicles with handicapped parking permits on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 9 pm in June and July and from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm on August 5 and August 12.

By Metro

The memorial is a 10-15 minute walk from either the Rosslyn or Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

The memorial grounds are open year-round from 6 am until midnight.

During the summer, the US Marine Corps holds Sunset Parades at the memorial on Tuesday evenings. The memorial plaza is closed to the public from 6 pm to 9 pm on Tuesdays in June and July and from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on August 5 and August 12. Check parking restrictions below.

To request a ranger program at the US Marine Corps War Memorial please call 703‑235-1530.

Accessibility Information

If your questions concerning accessibility are unanswered after reading this webpage, please contact us at 703-289-2500 or e-mail us.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.

Facilities

There are 3 wheelchair accessible parking spaces. The paths surrounding the monument are asphalt.

Programs

Assistive listening devices, or large print brochures may be available by request or with advance notice. For information about individual park programs, please visit park websites. Accessibility information is located under the Plan Your Visit tab.

 

 

George Washington Memorial Parkway

"In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775." US Marine Corps War Memorial

US Marine Corps War Memorial at dusk.
US Marine Corps War Memorial at dusk.

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Based on an iconic image of the second flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II, the US Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to "the Marine dead of all wars and their comrades of other services who fell fighting beside them."

Thirty-two foot high figures are shown raising a 60-foot bronze flagpole. The flag at the top of the pole flies at full mast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by presidential proclamation.

From Arlington Ridge, experience a panoramic view of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building behind the US Marine Corps War Memorial against the Washington, DC skyline.

Scenic Views

  • US Marine Corps War Memorial.

    US Marine Corps War Memorial

    From Arlington Ridge, experience a panoramic view of iconic DC architecture behind the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

  • Fountain at Meridian Hill Park.

    Meridian Hill Park

    Meridian Hill Park offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation and fresh air.

  • View of the Washington Monument through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin. Photo by Drew Geraci

    Tidal Basin

    One of the best places to view the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument is from the Tidal Basin.

  • People walking on Georgetown Waterfront Path.

    Georgetown Waterfront Park

    Georgetown Waterfront Park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street NW to the Key Bridge.

  • Exterior day view of the Old Post Office building.

    Old Post Office Tower

    Find a new perspective at the top of the Old Post Office Tower.

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.

    Arlington House

    Gaze across the river that once divided us, from the steps of Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.

  • A young visitor dressed up as Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass Home

    Talk to a ranger, tour Frederick Douglass's home or walk the grounds for a sweeping view of Washington D.C.

  • Aerial view of the National Mall.

    National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Attend a Ranger Program, paddle in the Tidal Basin, or dive into history at memorials and monuments on the National Mall.

  • Cyclists on the Mount Vernon Trail across from Capital Hill.

    Mount Vernon Trail

    A run, walk, or cycle alongside the Potomac River offers uninterrupted views of Washington, D.C.'s skyline.

Last updated: August 30, 2021