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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. Put Arlington National Cemetery at the forefront of your travel plans using our Arlington vacation generator.
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  • The cemetery has been on my must do list for a while now, so when I went to DC I decided to take the metro and zip over and check it out. It was huge and immaculately maintained. So much history there...  more »
  • I had the opportunity to visit the Arlington National Cemetery for the first time. I think that it should be one of those thing on your "Bucket List" when you go to the DC area. The great men and wome...  more »
  • We make this a stop every time we go to DC. We pay our respects to the ones who died to defend our freedom. The changing of the guard is amazing. From the wreaths place in front of each tombstone arou...  more »
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  • My mother, along with some of her church family from St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (Cleveland) had the honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Sept 25, 2016. What an honor. Future spectators, if you plan to visit soon... I would suggest that you wear comfortable walking shoes and possibly carry a bottle of water if you're doing the walking tour. The bus tour (of the grounds) is just $12/person. Lastly, visitors parking was $1.75/hour I believe and cash or debit was accepted. *** Debit pay was more convenient tho.
  • The best known of America's national cemeteries. It should be a required visit for all citizens. It's humbling in its size and its pristine condition. When you think of the magnitude of the sacrifice of those buried here and their families, it's hard to find words to describe. Light many lamps and gather round his bed. Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live. Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet. But death replied: 'I choose him.' So he went, And there was silence in the summer night; Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep. Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.
  • A very restful, peaceful place for our fallen service members. Parts can be crowded but there are plenty of places to walk around and immerse yourself in the place. The changing of the guard is very interesting . I like the bit where the Sargeant(?) tells people to stand during the ceremony, sitting is not allowed. Not a huge place but sometimes individual graves are not easy to find.
  • I have been there a few times. This time I went to pay my respects to our fallen soldiers and their families. It is well worth the stop. Go early in the morning, they open in the 8 am plenty of parking. I would definitely take the tour bus next time it takes about 45 minutes if you don't get off. I did not have the time and spent about a half an hour 40 minutes total. I had already seen the tomb of the unknown soldier and Kennedy's grave. You would definitely want to do the whole thing
  • If you are in Washington, D.C., you should make sure to take in this amazing site. The memorial to women in the military is quite impressive. The Custis house was interesting. Definitely make time to view the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Truly humbling and amazing.