Flight 93 National Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial

Planning Your Visit

Welcome

Flight 93 National Memorial is located in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, in southwestern Pennsylvania. Somerset County lies within a 500-mile radius of two-thirds of the nation's population, and is about 2 1/2 hours driving time from Pittsburgh; 3 1/2 hours from the Washington D.C./Baltimore area; and about 4 hours from Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-70/76) extends through the center of the county with an interchange (Exit 110) at Somerset Borough, which is also the county seat.

Temporary Memorial
Almost immediately after the crash of Flight 93, visitors began arriving in Somerset County to see the place where the path of the plane ended. Realizing the public's need to visit here, local officials and volunteers created a temporary memorial on a hilltop overlooking the crash site. The Temporary Memorial is located on private property, but is maintained by the National Park Service through a license agreement with the landowner, and is staffed by volunteer Ambassadors.

Park Office
The National Park Service Office is located at 109 West Main Street, Somerset, Pennsylvania, about 12 miles and 20 minutes from the Temporary Memorial.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating Hours

The Temporary Memorial is open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Volunteer Ambassadors staff the Memorial 40 to 60 hours per week, depending on the season. To check the current staffing schedule at the Temporary Memorial, please contact the park office at (814) 443-4557.

Seasons

Forecast for Shanksville, PA

Fall-Winter Generally, cooler weather starts in September with warm days and cool nights. The first snowfall of the season occurs by mid-October and extends through late March to mid-April. During most of the winter the daytime temperatures range in the mid-20s to 30s, with periodic warming in the 40s and 50s. The average annual snowfall is approximately 80 inches for Somerset County.

The Flight 93 Temporary Memorial is located on a very windy hilltop. Most visitors find the site much colder than the surrounding area.

Spring-Summer May is more predictable for warmer weather with daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s. July and August are seasonably warm for the area with high humidity and temperatures in the high 80s or 90s.

The Flight 93 Temporary Memorial is in an open field and there is a constant breeze even in the summer. There is no shade and the sun can be intense at mid-day.

Other Useful Information

Please remember the Temporary Memorial is only open during daylight hours from dawn to dusk. The Memorial, access roads and parking lots are not lighted at night

The following policies exist for the site:

The Flight 93 Temporary Memorial is a place for quiet reflection and expressions of respect. Help maintain the dignity of the site by not smoking or bringing pets, food, or drink into the memorial area.

Visitors may write their thoughts or simply record their visit in bound books or on comment cards provided at the Temporary Memorial. These books and cards, along with the tributes left by visitors, will be archived as part of the Flight 93 National Memorial permanent collection. Please do not write on memorial tributes left by others.

The Temporary Memorial is located on private property. Please respect the owner's rights by not trespassing beyond the gravel area of the memorial and the parking lots.

The crash site itself is accessible only to family members of those killed on Flight 93.

Fees & Reservations

FEES
There is no entrance fee for the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial.

RESERVATIONS
Groups wishing to schedule a visit to the site, place large tributes at the temporary memorial or hold programs or ceremonies are asked to contact the park office at 814.443.4557 in advance of the visit.

PERMITS
Permits for special events or ceremonies are required in advance. Please contact the park office at 814.443.4557.

TOUR BUSES AND MOTORCOACHES
Due to the large number of people and groups that visit the site, tour bus and motorcoach operators are required to contact our park office at 814.443.4557, or e-mail us prior to your arrival.

Please be prepared to provide the following information to us:
* Group contact name and phone number
* Date of tour
* Arrival time
* Group size
* Description of group or special needs (i.e. city where group originates, senior citizens, middle school students, veterans, etc.)

Tour bus operators - to view or download a complete information sheet click here.

For operating hours and other helpful information, click here.

For driving directions, click here.

Directions

Car

From SOMERSET
: from Exit #110 of the PA Turnpike, follow signs for Rte. 281 north. Take Route 281 north 9.5 miles to US 30/Lincoln Highway East at Stoystown. Travel 2.4 miles east on Lincoln Highway (US Rte. 30) to Lambertsville Road; turn right. Travel 1.7 miles on Lambertsville Road to Skyline Road; turn left. Travel 1 mile on Skyline Road to the Temporary Memorial.

From JOHNSTOWN: Take Route 219 South 9.6 miles. Exit onto Route 30 East at Stoystown/Jennerstown Exit. Travel 7.2 miles east on the Lincoln Highway (US Rte. 30). Turn right onto Lambertsville Road and follow it 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Skyline Road and travel 1 mile to the Temporary Memorial.

From the EAST on PA TURNPIKE: Exit Bedford (#146) — At Turnpike light, turn left. Go to next light, turn left. Take 220 South. Follow 220 South to next exit. Exit US 30 West. Follow US 30 west approximately 25 miles to Lambertsville (3 miles beyond Buckstown). Turn left onto Lambertsville Road and follow it 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Skyline drive to the Temporary Memorial (1 mile).

From the WEST on ROUTE 30/Lincoln Highway: Turn right on Lambertsville Road, 2.4 miles east of Stoystown. Travel 1.7 miles on Lambertsville Road to Skyline Road; turn left. Travel 1 mile on Skyline Road to the Temporary Memorial.