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Arlington National Cemetery
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour
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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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“Plenty to see.”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

There is a parking lot available to park, which does charge a fee, but there is not admittance fee.
You may walk the paths for free or buy a ticket for a trolly ride.
What to see: the magnitude of graves, Robert E. Lee's home, The Kennedy's graves, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Iwo Jima (outside the grounds, a 15 min walk).

Robert E Lee's home has tourguides inside who offer insight to Lee's family. You walk through on your own and these tourguides are placed throughout the house. You could spend 15-30 min here at the house.

John F. and Jackie's gravesites are set aside from the other other gravesites. Signs are posted to be respectful and quite around the graves. My son was calling me and I answered only to tell him I couldn't talk. The guard quickly told me I needed to get off the phone.

At the Tomb of the Unknown soldier you can see the changing of the guards if you time it right. I'm not sure how often they change. We got there at the tail end of it. You might want to do further research to find out how often they change. That would have been interesting to see.

As you are walking back to the entrance, go out the front gates and walk about 15 minutes to Iwo Jima. This monument is outside the cemetary grounds and there are no signs. You will get directions from the information desk but these directions don't tell you where to go once you are out of the grounds. Keep walking toward the large bell tower (which was a gift from Holland to the US) and you will begin to see the monument. At the top of the hour, the bell tower plays the Star Spangled Banner. That gave me chills. Time it so you can hear this. Record it on your phone so you can share this with your family or students back home.

We spent about 3 hours here. When we left the cemetary, we drove a very short distance across the bridge and found parking to visit Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. These momuments are all on the same large piece of land and are within walking distance from each other. As a matter of fact, we walked from here to see the White House. It was several blocks away but very doable. Parking along the street is limited to 3 hours.

Visited December 2012
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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“Powerful, be prepared for a lot of walking”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Arlington is a beautiful and powerful monument to those who have died after serving our country. It is amazing. If you are looking for a specific gravesite, spend some time figuring out where it is on the map because there can be a lot of walking to get to where you want to be.

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“Make sure you put this on your bucket list!”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Carry a hanky with you. If you are a patriot as I am, you heart will be heavy on this trip. Make sure you watch the changing of the guard. I didn't realize how big this place was. All of these that sacrificed for my freedom deeply touched this American through and through. Alot of walking. I would probably do a tour the next time. Alot of hills to pull.

Visited January 2013
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Easy to get to on the train. I believe 3 Former Presidents are interred here, a few Kennedy's and numerous others. The best part is Arlington House on the hill. Amazing views and being to go in the house was a plus. If you like history you will like this.

Visited January 2013
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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“Nice visit”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The cemetery is nice to be visit, but it is nothing especial. I recommend going there if one has a lot of free time.

Visited December 2012
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