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Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington

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The attraction has never been officially named, but it's known as Tomb of the Unknowns or Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The U.S. soldiers interred here after World War I are all holders of the Medal of Honor, while the foreign nationals are all recipients of the their respective militaries' highest honors. The burial plot was opened in 1921 when the U.S. Congress approved a tomb for an unknown soldier. You can see the changing of the guard ceremony daily. Visit this tomb along with Tomb 31 to honor soldiers from World War I. For Tomb of the Unknowns and beyond, use our Arlington trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Arlington vacation.
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  • This is a very moving setting. The changing of the guard is something you will always remember. I would highly recommend this place for every one both young and old. It is very powerful.  more »
  • We stumbled onto it by accident but it turned out to be quite memorable. It's really a 'changing of the guard'. It takes about a half hour and you have to be quite silent throughout. They take it quit...  more »
  • This is the highlight if Arlington cemetery. Be prepared for a long walk if you don't pay for the tram. If you pay for the tram it can be crowded trying to get back on.  more »
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  • I have have been to Washington DC with my grandchildren four times. For most of them, this is their favorite place. The Changing of the Guard and the wreath-laying ceremonies were especially impressive. And of course the Kennedy graves are a must. During the warm season, I strongly recommend the bus tour.
  • We happened to get there about 1 minute after they started the guard change. It was something to see for sure. It's hard to go and not tear up a bit just thinking about what it represents. The walk there wasn't bad at all. They also have a trolley you can take a tour with but at a cost (around $15 I believe). I was a bit aggravated by rude people talking and carrying on when everyone is suppose to be silent & respectful.
  • Very moving place to visit. Stay for the changing of guard (on the hour plus every half hour at some times). It's an interesting thing to experience. The new guard comes from the right (as you look at DC) so that is where some extra things happen. Be respectful to the situation when you visit, or the guards will tell you off. Be sure to look inside and on the other side of the building. This is a meaningful place to visit for people from all countries, not just Americans.
  • It was so peaceful and calm. I witnessed the changing of the guard and I was rather impressed. I recommend this as a site to see.
  • When you tour the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery you can sense the presence of those who gave all that we might have freedom. Truly an inspiring place to visit.

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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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