Sightseeing: Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of the 58,000+ Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam War. The innovative, V-shaped structure, designed by Maya Lin and located in a park-like setting, is subtly powerful; it sneaks up on you. Breathtaking and sobering, the memorial draws everyone from visitors looking for the names of loved ones, to curious passersby simply wishing to get a better sense of the war and its aftermath. It's a somber setting, but also a beautiful one. (After visiting the memorial, take a moment to admire Frederick Hart's nearby "Three Soldiers," a life-sized bronze sculpture of young servicemen.) Metro: Smithsonian or Foggy Bottom.
Monuments & Memorials: Inscribed on the black granite walls are names of the 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam conflict. The innovative, V-shaped memorial designed by Maya Lin is breathtaking and sobering, drawing crowds who look for the names of relatives or who simply take in the enormity of the war and its aftermath. Also see Frederick Hart's "Three Soldiers," a life-sized bronze sculpture of three young servicemen.