National World War II Memorial
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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A fairly new memorial, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004 to the 400,000 Americans who died during the war. A circle of 56 pilings (representing the then 56 U.S. states and territories) looks in on a pool. At night, with lights shining on, this memorial can be quite atmospheric.
Travelers' opinions vary on this memorial: One TripAdvisor user calls it "mundane" while another says its "stirring, perfect." Because it's free and on the National Mall's main drag, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, we think it's worth a visit.