America's Most-Visited Monuments
No. 2 Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Annual Visitors: 4,020,127
The monument is deceptively simple: two long walls of black granite in the shape of a V. On each wall is inscribed the names of the nearly 60,000 men and women who gave their lives, or are missing in action, in America’s longest war, which ended in 1975. (Names continue to be added as remains are found in Vietnam to this day.) Designed by artist Maya Lin and erected in 1982, the two walls are angled to point to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Watching visitors trace the inscriptions with a fingertip—and maybe even discover a loved one’s name—makes it one of America’s most poignant monuments. nps.gov/vive