Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

4.8
#1 of 2,283 in Things to do in Virginia
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Arlington National Cemetery
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tours to Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
9,361 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • A must see if you are in DC. We witnessed the changing of the guard ceremony and what an amazing thing to watch. It touches you emotionally. There are also famous grave sites to see such as JFK. A lot...  more »
  • Very good place to come and pay your respects. Call into the visitor centre first. I recommend getting the little tram carriage thing for transport. There is a guide on them who will provide excellent...  more »
  • as you would expect an extremely well organised and impressive place to visit from JFK's resting place to the Tomb of the unknown soldier, a very moving experience and one that should be on everyones ...  more »
Google
  • 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.
Places to stay near Arlington National Cemetery

Plan your trip to Arlington

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Side trips from Arlington

4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Arlington

4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 30​min

Parks in Arlington

4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 30​min

Nearby attractions in Arlington

4.6
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 30​min

Trails in Arlington

4.9
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h

Plans to Arlington National Cemetery by other users

7 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM KENYA April, teens, kids, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Virginia, Washington DC & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Provincetown & Alexandria BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans