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Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

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Cemetery Historic Site
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. Put Arlington National Cemetery at the forefront of your travel plans using our Arlington vacation generator.
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  • We stopped here on our way back home. We are glad we did. It is something that all should experience. We did visit the eternal flame at Kennedy grave and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the U...  more »
  • The national cemetery is a very humbling experience. A stroll through the cemetery is very surreal to view the graves of those who fought for our freedom. A must on a trip to D.C.  more »
  • The picturesque cemetery in which lie the Presidents and American soldiers. Here rests the Kennedy family, whose most exciting tombs belong to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, his wife and two children. The most charming characteristics remain its tombs, which look like the other white expanses. Highly recommended
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  • I don't know how anyone could rate this less than 5 stars. I would rate it higher if possible. Absolutely amazing experience for the entire family that helped us all have a greater appreciation for those who serve and the sacrifices made by them and their loved ones. Grounds are well manicured as you would expect, but I have to say, if you have the opportunity to go in November when the leaves are changing, it's even more amazing. Thank you to all who have served and love and honor those who do.
  • +JMJ Lived in Virginia for over 20 years and never made the opportunity to visit the Arlington Cemetery. I am so happy that I was able to do so when relatives of a friend traveled from AZ. Everything about the Arlington Cemetery is very beautiful! Very serene, even with many, many visitors present. Didn't have much time to visit graves, but glad to be able to see the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Didn't see the changing of the Guard, but the presence of the Guard was still very impressive. To coin the phrase..."Freedom is not free!" Heartfelt gratitude for all who have served striving to maintain the inalienable rights of all Americans. History depicts lots of hardships. But, still, when any people believing in the one True God (of love and mercy) strive to see others as human beings deserving of life, liberty and justice, then will military service cease. However, until that time, let us exclaim in the words of Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Eternal rest be granted to all therein at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • My 14 year old daughter expected a churchyard. Sort of. She didn't anticipate the amount of walking to be done on this impressive national burial ground. You can take the little tour-train, but hey, given what the soldiers buried here have gone through, some walking is the least one can do. After visiting Lee's house and certainly after the changing of the guard ceremony, she was impressed and wouldn't want to have missed this monument and tribute to the US soldiers.
  • It was breathtakingly beautiful and sad. My grandparents plan on being buried there. JFKs Grave was amazing and sad. I recommend this if you head to D.C. Or Arlington. The tomb of the unknown soldier was large and breathtaking. I saw the changing of the guard and I have to note how precise they are. I don't recommend using the train 🚂 because you can't see half the things you can on foot. Also if you use the train make sure you check the weather before. The train does not have a cover so either bring umbrellas or don't go. Overall great experience and I'm sad that I can't go back. It is also free minus parking fees.
  • The solemn dignity, the respect for their sacrifice, and the deep-hearted pride makes this a shrine that all Americans should visit and express their gratitude. I was deeply moved and will always remember the experience. May God bless and keep our brave soldiers. I thank them for their service and I think about it every day. Freedom isn't free and I don't take that for granted.

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Where to stay in Arlington

If your trip to America's capital city doesn't include a big budget for accommodations, consider staying on the other side of the Potomac River in the county of Arlington. You’ll find a good selection of both expensive and economical hotels inside Washington, D.C., proper, but staying in Arlington county removes you from the big crowds and allows you to choose from a range of budget-friendly inns and motels. This area also offers extended-stay apartments, many located near the Ballston neighborhood's metro stop.
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