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Review of Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
Entrance at Arlington Memorial Bridge, Arlington, VA 22211
(877) 907-8585
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Ranked #1 of 71 things to do in Arlington
Activities: Antiquing, Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame.
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2008

Our visit was Thursday, November 29, 2007. Going through the visitors center, be sure to pick up a map. You might be tempted to buy a Tourmobile ticket to tour the cemetery. My advice is don't if you can walk a mile or 2 (more if you want to walk along every single drive) and the weather is not extreme. It is definitely not too large to walk and well worth it. You will see a lot more and won't be on the Tourmobile schedule. We walked to the 3 major highlights (JFK, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington House) and covered well over half of the cemetery along the way. There are some beautiful views of Washington DC and a lot of memorials and plaques that will only be seen if walking. It was extremely peaceful just hearing leaves rustling and squirrles running around. It is an awesome experience if going duing the off-peak season. It was a truly amazing visit.

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“Stunningly Beyond Words”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

I took a group of boys from my Boy Scout troop to Washington and consistantly when asked about the trip the first thing they mention is Arlington National Cemetery. The vastness and solemnity of the facility can be overwhelming. There was more than one occassion during our visit that I was moved to tears. It is difficult not to have your soul touched while there.

The absolute highlight of our visit to Arlington was the honor to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I could not help but notice that 32 teenaged boys were absolutely silent and still during the entire ceremony. Clearly the importance and significance of the moment was not lost on them.

I cannot stress how important it is for every American to visit this hollowed place. It will inspire, move, and stir you more than you can imagine!

As a visitor recommendation .... make sure to get a cemetery map and use the trams otherwise you could very easily get lost .... possibly forever!!!

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“Inspirational, humbling and spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2008

A truly wonderful memorial - sombre yet beautiful, inspirational and humbling, the rows of marble headstones as well as the larger monuments are a really moving symbol and tribute. It's a tremendously peaceful place too - meticulously well-kept and with spectacular views down over DC. As you walk around the various sections, it really makes you think - and in this day and age, that's a very good thing. Yes, JFK is buried here and lots of other famous people but its the rows and rows and rows of simple white headstones that really bring home the message. As a Brit, I wish we had somewhere like Arlington. Unforgettable.

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Watkins Glen, New York
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2007

If you are in this area, this is definitely someplace that you have to visit. There are, of course, the obvious things to see, but there are beautiful sites, like the ampitheaters and such, as well as the view in some areas, that must be seen as well!

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“Wonderful Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2007

As all others have mentioned this really is a must see when visiting the area! We visited on 10/21.
By giving his name and approximate year of death the helpful people in the Visitor's Center helped me locate my grandfather's gravesite.
It was a beautiful day with temp's in the high 70's. Lot's of hills though so if you're coming in the summer please remember to bring water. They do not sell any kind of refreshments in the cemetery including water. There were a few drinking fountains but not nearly enough!
We did the whole cemetery by walking. There are a lot of hills so be prepared if you decide to walk. It's certainly walkable but again if it's hot you may want to consider the trolley.
One other thing worth mentioning is that Arlington House (Lee's house) is being restored. There are no furnishings in the house at all and probably won't be until 2009. So if your walking up there (and it is a bit of an uphill walk) keep this in mind. The views from up by the house I thought were worth the walk but if you're expecting to see a furnished house you may be disappointed.

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