Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,713 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place every American patriot should visit.
    Every American should visit here in their lifetime to honor those who were a huge part of our history as a nation and those who have been interred after serving their country. A highlight for us was taking our granddaughter, who sees RBG as her role model to see her grave. Also seeing all of the Kennedys and other important graves. It was our honor to hear the impassioned speech of one of the rangers that really moved us as he told us of the history of Arlington House.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • skinner9237
    Ellicott City, Maryland95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the trolley
    Beautiful grounds. Other than the planes flying overhead, very peaceful. Saw changing of the guard. Would have liked to walk in Section 1 but time did not allow us. The only downside was the women’s bathroom could use some upkeep as some waste was in the bowl and TP on the ground. No place to grab anything to eat from what I could see. Parking meters were broken in the main garage and would not take cards. Definitely could spend more time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Dana L. Anthon
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Came down to Arlington to place my mom next to my dad who was in the military. When we got there we were greeted and was explained how the service was going to go. We followed our tour guide who was excellent. We entered the area where my dad was and placed my mom inside. We said a few words and that was that. Will be back to visit soon
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Shirlyn F
    Meridian, Idaho9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring
    Our family spent the morning at Arlington. It was so humbling to see all the service men and women who sacrificed their lives. We made stops at the Arlington house, the Kennedy gravesite and the Changing of the Guard. It was definitely worth going to.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • William O
    Westfield, Massachusetts53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile to see
    This is worth a visit for at least a few hours. One can pay homage for those who served our country. Changing of the guards is very solemn and good to see. Pay and take the tram unless you want a long walk. All employees were very nice and knowledgeable. A good 2-3 hour visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Amanda&Chris
    Petersfield, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile Visit
    We were visiting our American cousins from the UK and this was one place I really wanted to visit. Sadly, due to family commitments on the day, we were only able to spend an hour here which really wasn't enough. The 'jump on/jump off) trolleys meant we could go round the Cemetery in 45 minutes with the guide telling us all about the places within we passed but I would really have liked to have had the time to jump and spend some more time at various points. A really worthwhile visit and, if we return to DC, we will certainly go back
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Ruth M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Solemn and Inspiring Experience.
    My visit to Arlington Cemetery was to bury my husband. I am proud and happy that he was allowed to be buried there. The process to arrange his interment was lengthy but worth the effort. The staff and service people at Arlington who participated were extremely respectful, kind, and efficient. It was a proud occasion for me and my family.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • SteveK28762
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly moving.
    Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery is incredible - we took the hop-on, hop-off tour which provides information about the various areas, and drops you at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Seeing this is amazing, and we witnessed the changing of the guard, conducted in near silence. The guards are so impressive, and they provide their service 24x7x365. We were there on a very hot day, so the guard duty must have been very tough indeed, but they are superb. Visit, be impressed, moved, and humbled.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Tiffanyjim
    Marion, Iowa1,613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in DC
    Visiting Arlington is an incredibly moving experience. I visited as a teen, and now have come back years later with a new generation to experience. We chose to pay for the hop on/off tram to visit the sites as we arrived later in the day and didn’t think we would have the time to see everything we wanted to see as this place is expansive. Not only that it was nice to hear the history from the tram driver we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. We visited on a Sunday so it appeared quite busy, but we had no problems at all. We hit all the must sees immediately and our last stop was Tomb of the Unknown/Changing of the Guard at the top of each hour. Very emotional experience, but as an American everyone should experience Arlington once to pay respects to the men and women who we have to thank for our freedoms.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Rob M
    Cheyenne, Wyoming8,623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly Amazing.
    Attended a service with family and what an amazing experience. Everyone was professional, attentive, and kind. Property grounds are well taken care of. This is truly a must-see stop to pay respect to the 450,000 men/women who have died making sacrifices.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 18, 2023
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rafrew
Townsville, Australia94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Arlington National Cemetery is a well-organised place to visit. We utilised the trolley as much as possible and the service from the drivers of the trolley was top class. My only disappointment about Arlington National Cemetery would be that the grass was undergoing a rejuvenation program while we were there and the grass was therefore not the lush green I had been hoping to see. Visiting Arlington National Cemetery also allowed us to visit the Iowa Jima Memorial, which was on my "must-do" list.
Written September 27, 2020
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Shelley P
Ocala, FL44 contributions
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May 2021
Anyone who visits the DC area should put this on their list of must-sees. There is something incredibly solemn and peaceful about this final resting place for so many who gave so much. The grounds are beautiful and well-tended, and our heroes and loved ones are cared for and respected, as they should be. Walking around is limited by COVID restrictions, but a narrated tram ride is available, and makes a couple of stops, most notably the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. If you've never seen this, you should. The dedication and professionalism these men and women give to this very special assignment is awesome. If you are fortunate enough to witness a caisson procession, it will be something you'll never forget.
Written May 23, 2021
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gaffrigGreenvliie_NC
Greenville, NC29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our first visit to the Arlington National Cemetery, and a sad day. The CO of the A team I was on in Vietnam was laid to rest. The Cemetery is immaculately layed out and groomed. The staff very dignified and professional, and empathetic at the same time. The burial procedures are well done and show the deceased and family utmost respect. It is all quite moving. And the number of deceased buried the there is overwhelming. A place to remember how many serviced our country. And this is but one of the many National cemeteries world wide. It imbues a feeling of respect and sadness.
Written February 14, 2020
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CHRISTINE G
Niles, MI34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
My family and I visited Arlington to place my brother's remains per his wishes. Every aspect of the event was meticulously planned and executed by the most caring, professional members of the Arlington team, from the front gate entrance to the minute we left the venue. The only glitch was that we wanted to tour the cemetery after the ceremony and had difficulty navigating to the visitor's area assigned to that purpose. There is a tram that transports visitors to the most sought after areas of the cemetery, and believe me, it is well worth the fee they charge. The cemetery is very hilly, extremely large, and areas of interest are quite far apart. The docents that navigated the tram were very knowledgeable about what we were seeing. A plus was that you can get on and off the tram as many times as you wish, and trams were frequent. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase mementos of your trip. I was truly impressed by the professionalism and austerity displayed by all employees we encountered, and applaud them for their service in this very hallowed place.
Written January 10, 2023
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Glenda C
Jones, OK133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is such a great place that pays respect for so many who have fought for our freedom. It is beautifully kept and great honor is bestowed on this ground. However, if you choose to take the shuttle tour, as most do, I feel more time needs to be given to the tour. Our guide was very rushed. We found ourselves feeling like we were at a tennis match - "On this side is....now over here....look passed this tree..." This was done quite quickly and we found ourselves not being able to see any of what he was talking about. They definitely need to slow down and allow visitors time to find and see what they're talking about.
Written May 26, 2022
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sfuhere
uk788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We arrived at 4pm in November so only had an hour to see the cemetery. We hadn’t fully realised how vast it is. So we took the trolley tour, which costs $19.50 each but saved us from lots of walking. We had two guides: one was excellent and engaging, the other sounded rather bored and just going through the motions. Nonetheless it’s a good idea to use the tour, unless you are okay walking quite considerable distances.

The JFK burial site was profoundly moving and has a beautiful outlook. It really emotionally affected me, even though I’m not American. There was a feeling of deep respect and sorrow there. The simplicity of it all only made it more affecting.

The changing of the guard ceremony, and attached Museum and amphitheatre, was also attended with great respect and is certainly worth seeing.

What has stayed with me the most, though, is seeing the endless neat rows of graves, stretching in every direction into the far distance. So, so many dead. It does make you think about the human cost of war. An astonishing four hundred thousand people are buried here.
Written November 18, 2023
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BobKPgh
Pittsburgh, PA206 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
How could Arlington National Cemetery be turned into a tourist trap? Who ever is in charge of this place should be fired. Forcing everyone to use the parking garage at $3 per hour is the first ripoff. Then having to go thru airport style security to tour the cemetery is ridiculous. Why do they think they need this extreme security measure? Equally ridiculous is $20 fee to take the tram to the gravesites. I could not help to notice the trams were half empty on my hike up the hill, The Tomb of the Unknown is quite a up hill hike and is not recommended for anyone out of shape. For seniors or handicapped it would be impossible. Another question if why they close at 5pm? And lock everyone in the parking garage at 6pm causing a major inconvience to anyone trapped there. I remember visiting the Grand Canyon and having free parking and free bus service to all of the vista points along the canyon ridge. Arlington Cemetery management should visit the Grand Canyon to see how to properly manage a popular tourist site. Making money off the people who sacrificed their loved ones to defend the country is just wrong.
Written April 9, 2023
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shanac2008
Des Moines, IA231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Arlington is beautiful, overwhelming, breathtaking - many words to describe it. There is so much history here. It's very cool to read the headstones and see where those who are buried here served. The changing of the guards is a must see. It was a very hot day - I would recommend taking the tram as the cemetery is very large and a LOT of walking is required. Ample parking! Glad we visited.
Written July 29, 2021
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Cheryl S
Osceola, IN85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Everyone is very friendly and helpful.  You can walk the entire cemetery if you want or do hop on/hop off tram tours for a reasonable fee. The guides on the tram are very informative and there is quite a bit of history.  Inside the park there is handicap accessibility including the tram. However, in the parking garage we didn't find handicap parking or ramps.  Seeing the changing of the guard ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soliders is a must stop.
Written August 1, 2022
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I arrived at Arlington Cemetery at 8am before the tourist and school groups descended on the site.
There is security to go through on entry, and then you can explore the cemetery at your own pace free of charge. There are tours around the cemetery but these are chargeable as is the transport around the site.
I was lucky to have visited on the most beautiful spring day, which enhanced the cherry blossom tress and other flowers and trees.
There are approximately 460,000 graves at the cemetery and it is a beautiful and emotional place to visit.
There is also Arlington House to visit on the site which is owned and managed by the National Parks Service and is free to enter.
At the top of the cemetery you get panoramic views of Washington DC. I do recommend arriving early, as I managed to have the site to myself for the best part of an hour.
Written April 13, 2024
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