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“One word- go.”

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.
Marengo, Illinois
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“One word- go.”
Reviewed July 28, 2010

I know it sounds odd to put a cemetary on your itinerary- but go.
Metro has a stop there, very easy to get to. We decided not to take the Tourmobile- we have three kids 15,13 and 10 and although they were exhausted from a long day of walking- the main points we wanted to see were within close proximity to one another.
The changing of the guard is like nothing else, we stayed for one and then moved closer to the actual inspection area (far right with large building behind you) to see it a second time. Since it is summer, they switch every 1/2 hour.
The view of DC is beautiful from this location.

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Slinger, Wisconsin
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“Arlington National Cemetery is very moving”
Reviewed July 25, 2010

A visit to the National Cemetery in Arlington is a very moving experience. Use the Tour Mobile to get from site to site.

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“Take in the view from Arlington House”
Reviewed July 4, 2010

Great to see. We took the subway to Arlington. We walked the cemetary (with water bottles) as opposed to the tourmobile. We enjoyed it, but if you have health issues or small children, the bus might be a better option. Highlights, Kennedy's grave, Arlington House and the view of D.C., and Tomb of the Unknowns- changing of the guards. You could spend an hour here of several hours if reading headstones.

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“Consider taking a tour bus...”
Reviewed May 30, 2010

You can walk around if you really want. However, the tour bus offers a number of advantages. Firstly, it saves your legs and it quickly takes you to the major points. The other major advantage being that on a really hot day, like the day I visited, it is a way of getting out of the full heat of the Sun for a while.

The cemetery grounds are vast and are kept in immaculate condition. In some ways the sheer size underlines and helps visualise the numbers of Americans who have given their lives fighting in the various wars through the USA's history from the civil war onwards.

Given it is a cemetery, and a working one at that, this probably isn't the type of place to take young children.

As other contributors have noted, there is a lack of any real catering facilities, even at the visitors center. It isn't even possible to buy a bottle of water. If you are going to spend any time in the cemetery you are going to need water on a hot day.

The only other negative thing to say was the current condition of Arlington House. Most of the Arlington House site is closed off for restoration work. I believe this work will not be complete until 2011. I note this as a negative, as although this work is apparently essential, work appears to have ground to a halt with the site half finished.

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Detroit, MI
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“Bring some water!”
Reviewed May 20, 2010

As everyone else has stated, this a moving site to visit and highly recommended. A few pointers:
--There is no convenient place to buy water. Make sure to bring water! There are a few faucets scattered around, but on a hot day you are going to get thirsty.
--I would also recommend the Tourmobile, mainly to save your legs. Arlington is VAST and many of the popular sites are very far away. It is always has a number of steep hills,especially to Arlington House and Kennedy's grave. It is $7.50. We took it to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and then reboarded after the ceremony. There is usually a bus waiting for you. Then take it UP to Arlington House. From there you can walk DOWN to the Kennedy grave (you can see it from the Arlington House). And from there it's a short walk out of the cemetery.
--The Changing of the Guards is generally very crowded. We watched on changing from the back of the crowd. Then when everyone left, we moved up to the front and waited until the next ceremony and had a very good view. Also gives you some time to appreciate the tomb and the soldier guarding it in relative peace. Stand to the right--it's where the actual changing of the guard takes place.

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