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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  • Arlington National Cemetery is awe inspiring and full of hope as well as a solemn reminder of the price of our freedom. The site of the grave markers will stay with me. The shuttle tour is well worth ...  more »
  • The 4th should be more than just watching fireworks. We decided to visit to remember, learn, and pay our respects to those who have given their lives to defend our country. We were unable to visit the...  more »
  • the transport of long 'trains' is a must as the cemetary is very large, and on hills. there are places to get off and then reboard. great views of the city  more »
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  • We had an absolutely spectacular time here.. We feel this place is very nicely laid out.. The Monuments that are on display are fabulous.. We enjoyed the walk through the park it wasn't too crowded it was a good weather and the conditions was just right... And it's also for me was very emotional to see all those unknown soldiers and all those headstones.... To know they gave the ultimate sacrifice for us is very emotional.... Highly Recommend
  • Absolutely powerful... I never really understood the concept of how many lives had to be lost for our country.. after visiting here... I understand it.. Extremely powerful and moving.. with beautiful weather this is the perfect attraction to visit. You can take the bus(with a small fee) or you can freely walk the cemetery. The changing of the guard is absolutely incredible if you get the chance to see it.
  • Wow. What an extraordinary experience. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier gave me goosebumps. This place is beautiful the way all the headstones line up. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Visitors alike were very respectful. I will go back when the leaves change as the Cemetery was beautifully maintained
  • I would have given myself more time to walk through if I knew how much there is to see here. Very nice final resting place for veterans. I thought all tombstones were the rows of standard white, but was surprised to see that there are a big variety of different types. I still don't have any idea how it is organized.
  • It feels odd reviewing a cemetery but this is one of the most important sites in DC if not the entire country. If it's your first time be prepared for just how big this place is and because of the size the magnitude of the thousands of graves is very powerful. I feel like anyone making a trip to DC should absolutely make a visit to Arlington National Cemetery a priority. You can buy a tour that provides a shuttle around the grounds (with stops at various locations and some educational commentary) and if you aren't much for walking then I would highly recommend the tour. Whether you take the tour or decide to walk make it a point to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. The changing of the guard happens every half hour during the summer months and is one of the most powerful things you will ever see. The precision and dedication the sentinels have is nothing short of amazing. Keep in mind that you are visiting an actual, 'working' cemetery and you are expected to maintain a sense of respect and treat it as you would any cemetery. If you are planning to see the changing of the guard they will request that you remain standing and silent during the process, and they are very serious about it. If you have small kids this probably isn't the place for them.
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