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Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

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Remember the United States' fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, where casualties and deceased veterans of every U.S. war lie buried. The cemetery covers an area of over 253 hectares (624 acres), and was established in 1864 on an estate that once belonged to the wife of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The final resting place for nearly 260,000 dead, the cemetery also includes the grave of John F. Kennedy, marked by an eternal flame. Uniformed soldiers protect the graves of unidentified bodies from the wars fought in the 20th century, with a ceremonial changing of the guard every hour. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can look at informative exhibits and pick up a free map. To visit Arlington National Cemetery on your trip to Arlington, use our Arlington trip itinerary planner.
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  • One of my must see on this vacation. I have much respect for our Men and Women in the arm forces. You can use the trolley to get around for $17 or you can walk. We seen the Grave sites of Ruth...  more »
  • Whenever we visit Arlington, we always stroll through the cemetery. We have seen all the tourist sights before but never get tired of seeing them again. If you're fortunate you'll be able to witness.....  more »
  • If you’re in the area, we’d highly recommend going to the cemetery and taking the guided tour instead of just walking around. We took our time at the tomb of the unknown soldier and the museum next.....  more »
  • Very humbling experience. Walking through the paths and looking at the endless graves was a reminder of the sacrifices that thousands and thousands of soldiers have made for the U.S. It is the perfect sacred place to show respect to those who have served and fallen. The facility and grounds are beautiful. The atmosphere was so calm, quiet, serene, peaceful. PS: wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • While not a eatery which is typical of my reviews, Arlington is a must see stop. The trolley host provides some helpful information that you might otherwise not have heard. One of our trolley guides was pretty dry and dull but overall we did not care. They all still gave us info that was beneficial. Some of the views are exceptional and the changing of the guards was impressive, as is their dedication.
  • This is a must visit on your DC Circuit. The change of guard at the tomb of unknown soldier, Kennedy Memorial and the USMC Memorial are mandatory stops. Carry water and mosquito repellent. A good hat is a must given soaring temperatures. You can easily spend a day here
  • This is a must place to visit if someone is visiting Washington DC. This place in on Blue Metro line and is walkable distance from Lincoln memorial. The whole tour of the grounds takes at least couple of hours. There are lot of points of interest along the walkable paths. Tomb of unknown solider, Kennedy eternal Flame, memorials for Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia crew.
  • We visited the Arlington National Cemetery and were simply speechless. There were markers as far as the eye could see. When you go, let it truly sink in what you're seeing. There is no other place like it on earth. And visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watching the changing of the guard is breathtaking. If you ever get the opportunity, take it, you'll be glad you did.

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