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  • Address: 214 McNair Road, Fort Myer 22211, USA
  • Hours: Apr - Oct 8am - 7pm, Oct - Apr 8am - 5pm, every day
  • Admission: Free

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Arlington National Cemetery Tours

Arlington National Cemetery contains graves of soldiers from every war the United States has fought since the American Revolution. It is a resting place for such notable American leaders as President John F. Kennedy, jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, and civil rights activist Medgar Evers. With some 400,000 graves, famous and otherwise, the 624-acre (252-hectare) site has become a must-see historical site for any trip to Washington DC.

The Basics
Arlington National Cemetery is free to visit, and travelers should start at the Welcome Center, where maps, exhibits, and information services can be found. Notable sites within the cemetery include the President John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial; and the Memorial Amphitheater. Choose a hop-on hop-off tour that stops at the cemetery, a walking tour of the grounds, or a tour that combines a visit to the cemetery with stops at National Mall monuments, war memorials, Mount Vernon, or other DC landmarks.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Keep in mind that the cemetery is a shrine honoring fallen members of the US Armed Forces and that a visit is a solemn affair. Exercise an appropriate level of respect.
  • Be prepared to go through a security screening before entering the cemetery.
  • No food or drink other than bottled water is allowed in the Welcome Center or on the cemetery grounds.
  • The cemetery is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but you must bring your own.
  • Download the ANC Explorer mobile phone app or use it at the kiosks on site to locate gravesites and monuments around the cemetery.

How to Get to Arlington National Cemetery
To reach Arlington National Cemetery via the Metro from Washington DC, get off at the Arlington National Cemetery Station on the Blue Line. By car, it’s off of Memorial Avenue, across the Potomac from downtown DC.

When to Get There
Arlington National Cemetery can be visited 365 days a year. The site is open to the public from 8am to 5pm in October through March and until 7pm in April through September.  It’s less crowded in winter, but be prepared for cold temperatures.

The Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a must-see when visiting Arlington National Cemetery. From October 1 to March 31, it takes place every hour on the hour, and from April 1 to September 30, it occurs every half hour. The start of the ceremony is announced by a relief commander, and visitors are expected to stand and stay silent throughout the ceremony.

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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour, Washington DC, null
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

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Get the most out of Arlington National Cemetery with this 2 hour, guided walking tour. Pay your respects to President John F. Kennedy, view the ceremonial ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Washington DC, Walking Tours
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Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience one of the country’s most famous cemeteries at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 to 9 hrs

From USD $13.50
War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Explore Washington DC’s Arlington National Cemetery and most famous memorials on this 5-hour coach or van and walking tour. See JFK’s grave site and the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $68.99
Mount Vernon Half Day Trip, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Mount Vernon Half Day Trip

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Take a half-day tour to Mount Vernon – which was the home of George and Martha Washington. Experience life in Washington’s time on this tour and find out how ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Small-Group Combo Tour: Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History, ... 
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Small-Group Combo Tour: Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History

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Learn about the history of America through its most prominent national cemetery and museum during this all-encompassing combo excursion to the Arlington ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs

From USD $119.00
Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour, Washington DC, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour

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Embark on a 6-hour small-group sightseeing tour of Washington DC and the Arlington Cemetery.  Spend the day touring our nation’s capital, by visiting ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Arlington Cemetery Plus DC Monuments Tour, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Arlington Cemetery Plus DC Monuments Tour

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Explore Arlington National Cemetery and Washington DC's major monuments on this 8 hour guided tour bus and walking tour. Visit the grave of John F Kennedy and ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour, Washington DC, Full-day Tours
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Discover our Nations Capitol on this exceptionally comprehensive 4 hour personalized, professionally guided tour. Our small group format is limited to 12 ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most-famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

Experience DC with locals on one of our 3 hour private tours. We will personalize your itinerary to visit the sites on your must-see list. Monday - Saturday we ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $400.00

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