Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
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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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  • Jeanette M
    Davison, Michigan39 contributions
    Breathtaking
    The feelings you get are just wowing. We didn't plan to stop here and couldn't stay long as they were getting ready to close for the day. Seeing the perfect rows and just the mass amount of people who call it "home" is breathtaking. And to think these are all the people who have fought for our country. The Changing of the Guard at the tomb of the unknown Solider was not open to the public yet; if you stood at just the right spot down the way you could see the guard walk by but it was between the trees. We will definitely be back once things are more back to normal.
    Visited October 2020
    Written October 13, 2020
  • Fred B
    109 contributions
    Tired after our walk
    Wife and I drove in about 8:45a.m. Parking this day was complimentary and we had no problem finding a spot just inside the parking structure. After being checked as we entered the visitor center we walked to the Women Serving in the Military memorial, then up the hill to the Kennedy Family grave. From there we hiked around and up to Arlington House. There is an excellent little museum dedicated to interpreting the role of Robert E Lee in both the establishment of the cemetary (it is built on his confiscated estate) to his role in history. After obtaining the free pass for the house tour we entered. NOTE- There was confusion on gaining entry. We were told we could get tickets at the little bookstore, gift shop behind the house. The gentleman there was clearly not happy having to enter our information to give me a small slip of paper which the ranger saw and said, go on in. The house is only open on the first floor, yet the map showed other areas which could have been visited. The ranger in the home was also not able to tell us, or anyone else, how much of the furnishings were original to the period or the house. DO check out the slave houses in the back of the house, excellent information was in them. We then went down and up again to the Tomb of the Unknowns where we were able to witness the changing of the guard. From there, we hiked back down to the car and returned to the hotel. A couple of things. Do take advantage of the drinking fountains, it was warm when we were there. Do stop to read the stones. Say their names out loud. Remember their sacrifice. Finally, we took about three and a half hours and we are no spring chickens. Take your time. There are benchs, shade along the way. Next time though, we are taking the tram...
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2021
  • Ethel S
    Alpharetta, Georgia6 contributions
    Serene
    My first visit was to bury my husband in October 2019. I had seen pictures of Arlington but pictures don't do it justice. The cemetary is moving. It evolves all kinds of emotions and feelings and questions about the men and women who are buried there, each with their own story to tell.
    Visited May 2020
    Written April 16, 2021
  • rafrew
    Townsville, Australia93 contributions
    Very powerful and moving
    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.
    Visited October 2019
    Written September 27, 2020
  • Shelley P
    Ocala, Florida45 contributions
    They Rest in Peace
    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.
    Visited May 2021
    Written May 23, 2021
  • gaffrigGreenvliie_NC
    Greenville, North Carolina29 contributions
    Lying a friend and teammate to rest
    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.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 14, 2020
  • CHRISTINE G
    Niles, Michigan28 contributions
    Respect resides here
    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.
    Visited November 2022
    Written January 10, 2023
  • Glenda C
    Jones, Oklahoma135 contributions
    Could have been better
    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.
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 26, 2022
  • BobKPgh
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania210 contributions
    Toursit trap rip off.
    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.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • shanac2008
    Des Moines, Iowa236 contributions
    Must see while in DC - ample parking
    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.
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 29, 2021
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rafrew
Townsville, Australia93 contributions
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, FL45 contributions
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
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CHRISTINE G
Niles, MI28 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Glenda C
Jones, OK135 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BobKPgh
Pittsburgh, PA210 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

shanac2008
Des Moines, IA236 contributions
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, IN32 contributions
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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Renee J
Toronto, Canada17 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
I visited here in December 2015, and it absolutely moved me. The changing of the guard was a very powerful and patriotic. I even caught a ghost (Robert Lee?) in one of the rooms of his home! I’d definitely recommend taking the trolly though, this place is huge!
Written January 5, 2020
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dvorac4
USA710 contributions
Dec 2021
Arlington is a national treasure and a very honored, special place. The Visitor's Center and website have an excellent "find a grave" resource which quickly and accurately locates and gives you walking or driving / walking directions to specific graves, which was most helpful so I could find those of my relatives. Meigs (Union quartermaster) really had it in for the Confederacy to commandeer Robert E Lee's house and estate to turn it into the Union cemetery (the house was built by George and Martha Washington's grandson, whose daughter Mary married General Robert E Lee -how is that for a small world?!). The history of Arlington and the presence of so many ordinary people / extraordinary heroes is sobering and inspiring.
Written December 6, 2021
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