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Tomb of the Unknowns

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211
(877) 907-8585
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Guarded around the clock by the Army's 3rd infantry, this memorial in Arlington National Cemetery honors unidentified American soldiers from the two... more » Owner description: Guarded around the clock by the Army's 3rd infantry, this memorial in Arlington National Cemetery honors unidentified American soldiers from the two World Wars and the Korean War. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We had the pleasure of watching the changing of the guard at the tomb. Very impressive is an under statement. Exceptional officers showed us their skills in the slow walk, gun control, and the sergeant that checked the weapon of the new guard was to say the least, awesome. They are the epitome of "practice makes perfect". What a wonderful... More

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Muskegon Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must see for Washington, D.C. You can take the metro and walk. We bought tram passes for everyone - they give a nice discount for a group and you buy them when you arrive. But personally I prefer the walk. Once you get to the tomb the changing of the guard is every hour this time of... More

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Fallbrook, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Visitors are presented with well-shaved and immaculately uniformed young men marching precisely back and forth. There is a changing of the guard where some stern officer examines the guard’s rifle during an inspection arms routine. Visitors are entranced by this performance as the guards stomp about with taps on their shining black shoes and splendid crisp uniforms. How is this... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I have seen The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns twice - with a 20 year gap in between. I found it as moving this most recent time as I did the first and if I'm ever back in DC, I'll most certainly attend for a third time. It's a dignified and entirely proper way to... More

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Ashland, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We were traveling with a retired military group who were laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder. It was a very rewarding experience, and I would recommend that visitors visit during the changing of the guard, and any special presentations, if possible.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing experience that should not be missed while in DC. It is very somber, and the symbol for which it stands very moving. The fact that these soldiers guard this tomb no matter what the conditions 24/7 is awesome. We have so much respect for our military, and this is one more reason to be thankful.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Witnessing the changing of the guard is an experience everyone should have at least once. Every time I see it, it is incredibly moving watching the total dedication and respect the guards demonstrate towards the unknowns. Back when we had Hurricane Isabel, they refused to leave their post. That sort of dedication is way too rare these days!

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Alameda, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Changing of the Guard was an impressive ceremony to witness. Seeing the row after row of grave sites for many acres brought home the reality of how many young men have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

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Corbin, Kentucky, United States
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a peaceful place. We wanted our son to see. Our freedom isn't free these soldiers paid the price they deserve our upmost respect. The changing of the guards ceremony is very special to see.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A visit to Washington DC has to include a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. If you can spend a hour you will witness 2 changes of the guard and taps each time the flowers are changed at the tomb. Simply the best thing to do in Washington.

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