Arlington National Cemetery

#11 in Best Things To Do in Washington, D.C.
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Key Info

Arlington

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Arlington National Cemetery sits in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The cemetery spans almost 1 square mile and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 service members, veterans and their families. Visitors should be sure to spend some time at the Memorial Amphitheater, the John F. Kennedy Gravesite and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Additionally, finding the grave of a notable veteran, family member or friend proves to be a powerful experience. The cemetery also has a downloadable app available to help you pinpoint the exact location of a grave.

Previous travelers appreciate the trolley tour from Arlington National Cemetery Tours, but they warn that the excursion is a bit pricey at $15 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3 to 11 and $11 for seniors ages 65 and older. The tour stops at the top attractions throughout the cemetery, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the John F. Kennedy Gravesite. Be ready for a humbling experience during your visit, and make sure to be respectful as you visit the numerous monuments and wander through the cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery opens daily at 8 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. April through September, and at 5 p.m. October through March. The cemetery has its own Metro stop, Arlington Cemetery Station, so getting across the Potomac River and to the cemetery from the District is relatively cheap and easy. (Remember that Arlington Cemetery is located in Arlington, Virginia.) Additionally, the cemetery offers automated parking across from Memorial Avenue, which costs $2 per hour.  Maps of the cemetery, as well as additional information on notable grave locations and information on The Changing of the Guard, are available on the Arlington National Cemetery website.