Directions to the Perry Center

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All credentials are subject to screen and vetting by access control personnel.

The Perry Center is located on the 3rd floor of Abraham Lincoln Hall.


  • Take the Green Line train to the Waterfront/SEU stop. Walk three blocks south on 4TH STREET SW. At this point, 4TH STREET SW turns sharply left right next to the Fort McNair Ceremonial Gate and turns into “P” STREET SW.
  • Prior to 0900, Pedestrians in possession of a Common Access Card (CAC) are able to enter by the Main Ceremonial Gate.
    After 0900, only Pedestrians in possession of a Common Access Card (CAC) and a turnstile access code will be able to enter the Main Ceremonial Gate.
  • To reach the 2nd Street gate, continue down P STREET SW for two blocks and take a right on 2ND STREET SW, following the wall. The 2nd Street Gate is one block down, on the right.
  • To reach National Defense University by bus, take a southbound 74 bus. It will stop by the main ceremonial gate. A bus schedule for this route can be downloaded here.
  • In the interests of personal safety please do not walk to National Defense University during the hours of dusk/darkness

Non DoD / non-federally affiliated visitors’ vehicles are subject to search.

Via I-395 N (Washington National Airport, Crystal City)

  1. Head toward Washington, DC on I-395 N
  2. Continue straight onto I-295 S
  3. Merge onto South Capitol St SE / South Capitol St SW
  4. Slight right at South Capitol St SW
  5. Turn right at P STREET SW
  6. Turn left at 2ND STREET SW

Via Dulles Access Road (Dulles International Airport)

  1. Get on Dulles Airport Access Road, staying in the left lanes.
  2. Merge onto VA-267 E (Dulles Toll Road)
  3. Take exit 18 to Capital Beltway / I-495 N toward Baltimore
  4. Take exit 43 to George Washington Memorial Parkway South
  5. Take the exit onto I-395 N toward Washington
  6. Continue straight onto I-295 S
  7. Take the South Capitol St exit 9
  8. Slight right at South Capitol St SW
  9. Turn right at P St SW
  10. Turn left at 2nd St SW

Via MD-295 S (Baltimore-Washington International Airport)

  1. Go West on I-195 W (signs for I-195 W/Airport exit)
  2. Take exit 2B for MD-295 S/Balt/Was Pkwy toward Washington
  3. Merge onto I-295 S
  4. Take exit 3B for Howard Rd toward Downtown
  5. Turn right at Howard Rd SE; take the ramp to South Capitol St SE
  6. Slight right to stay on S Capitol St SE
  7. Turn left at N St SW
  8. Turn right at 1st St SE; Continue on Canal St SW
  9. Cross P St SW and continue on 2nd St SW