Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame.
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,203 contributions
    Chronicle of US military history
    Arlington National Cemetery marks the history of US military adventure abroad. The vast area across the Potomac River from Washington DC is the burial place of all major US military personnel. Quite inspiring to see so many Americans sacrificing their lives for the national cause. Do devote enough time to explore the place; history fans would like to look for familiar names.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 17, 2022
  • CHRISTINE G
    Niles, Michigan29 contributions
    Respect resides here
    My family and I visited Arlington to place my brother's remains per his wishes. Every aspect of the event was meticulously planned and executed by the most caring, professional members of the Arlington team, from the front gate entrance to the minute we left the venue. The only glitch was that we wanted to tour the cemetery after the ceremony and had difficulty navigating to the visitor's area assigned to that purpose. There is a tram that transports visitors to the most sought after areas of the cemetery, and believe me, it is well worth the fee they charge. The cemetery is very hilly, extremely large, and areas of interest are quite far apart. The docents that navigated the tram were very knowledgeable about what we were seeing. A plus was that you can get on and off the tram as many times as you wish, and trams were frequent. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase mementos of your trip. I was truly impressed by the professionalism and austerity displayed by all employees we encountered, and applaud them for their service in this very hallowed place.
    Visited November 2022
    Written January 10, 2023
  • Scott F
    Cheyenne, Wyoming101 contributions
    Visiting a friend
    Wonderful walk through this amazing place of honor to visit a friend. If you are walking from the US Marine Corps Memorial, you can enter/exit through the Ord & Weitzel gate. The security screeners there were very kind & helpful getting me pointed to the section where I’d find my friend.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 29, 2023
  • Michelle G
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    The cemetery was wonderful the security was not
    This cemetery is a visual representation of the lives of the brave men and women who served the USA. Over 400000 people buried here, from presidents to common folks. It was a somber but wonderful experience. I wish we had been here in summer when it was warm so we could have walked and explored more. My one complaint was the security guard at the entrance was quite forceful and rude. We came with our infant in a stroller and I was concerned with watching the other security guard looking into the stroller that I didn’t stand in the exact spot he wanted me so he could wand my back and he yelled at me. It kind of soured my experience at the cemetery. He needs to lighten up and be a bit more friendly, I realize he is just doing his job but being polite goes a long way.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 8, 2023
  • Lynn S
    League City, Texas619 contributions
    MUST-DO
    I was thrilled to be able to return to Arlington National Cemetery. Every American citizen should go at least once, and I'm proud to say I've now been three times. Do NOT attempt to walk the cemetery. It is far too large and you will miss too much. Pay the money and take the hop on /hop off tram. It will let you pass the big spots (like the JFK grave as well as brothers Bobby, Teddy and Joe) and the Tomb of the Unknown. Do not miss a changing of the guard ceremony even if you have to stand. And tour the Custiss-Lee Mansion overlooking Arlington to learn more history (it seems the lesson is, if you wanna drive someone off their property, bury some bodies around their house) and also see some spectacular views of Washington DC. Do not ever miss going to Arlington Cemetery when you visit DC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
  • CapDeathCarpet
    Nottingham, United Kingdom200 contributions
    Moving and amazing
    Profoundly moving place to visit. Easy to reach via the metro system we decided to visit this national site while staying in Washington. The trolley rides are organised and informative and definitely the easiest way to see the huge site. Unlike most of America they treat this place with subtle respect. The permanent patrol of the guards is fascinating to watch and I was able to pay my respects to Audie Murphy there. A moving place to visit.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Peter D
    Ledbury, United Kingdom382 contributions
    Extremely moving - tastefully done
    Extremely moving experience and well worth a visit. Unless you really like walking I would recommend booking a tour. Be aware there is no water available outside of the visitors area (they allow you to fill water bottles. If it’s a warm day there are very few shady areas so apply that sun screen. Amazing experience glad I made the trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • D H
    4 contributions
    A Somber and Powerful Place
    We go every year and it's every bit a somber experience as always. The only discordant thing was when we took the small, motorized train around Arlington Cemetery, as we usually do, was to have the well known monuments and graves pointed out and explained. Unfortunately, this time the monologue from the presenter was almost completely "woke". Major disappointment for this sacred place.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,574 contributions
    A place every American patriot should visit.
    Every American should visit here in their lifetime to honor those who were a huge part of our history as a nation and those who have been interred after serving their country. A highlight for us was taking our granddaughter, who sees RBG as her role model to see her grave. Also seeing all of the Kennedys and other important graves. It was our honor to hear the impassioned speech of one of the rangers that really moved us as he told us of the history of Arlington House.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • skinner9237
    Ellicott City, Maryland100 contributions
    Take the trolley
    Beautiful grounds. Other than the planes flying overhead, very peaceful. Saw changing of the guard. Would have liked to walk in Section 1 but time did not allow us. The only downside was the women’s bathroom could use some upkeep as some waste was in the bowl and TP on the ground. No place to grab anything to eat from what I could see. Parking meters were broken in the main garage and would not take cards. Definitely could spend more time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
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21 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This has gotta be one of the most humbling places to visit (this and Pearl Harbor)! If you love your country and those that gave their lives to obtain and protect our freedom, then you definitely should visit! I’m a grown man brought to tears multiple times visiting this sacred ground! Highly recommend!
Written 26 November 2023
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sfuhere
uk780 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We arrived at 4pm in November so only had an hour to see the cemetery. We hadn’t fully realised how vast it is. So we took the trolley tour, which costs $19.50 each but saved us from lots of walking. We had two guides: one was excellent and engaging, the other sounded rather bored and just going through the motions. Nonetheless it’s a good idea to use the tour, unless you are okay walking quite considerable distances.

The JFK burial site was profoundly moving and has a beautiful outlook. It really emotionally affected me, even though I’m not American. There was a feeling of deep respect and sorrow there. The simplicity of it all only made it more affecting.

The changing of the guard ceremony, and attached Museum and amphitheatre, was also attended with great respect and is certainly worth seeing.

What has stayed with me the most, though, is seeing the endless neat rows of graves, stretching in every direction into the far distance. So, so many dead. It does make you think about the human cost of war. An astonishing four hundred thousand people are buried here.
Written 18 November 2023
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SUNILDASWANEY
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates618 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The most impressive part of the Arlington National Cemetery was its outstanding maintenance .Nice to be part of history in some way or the other.
Written 13 November 2023
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Sassy
Florida3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Last week we took the Hop on, Hop off bus (Green and Orange) and bought the extra part that took us to Arlington Cemetery. It was very interesting to hear about the cemetery while on the little shuttle bus within Arlington. We got off and saw where JFK was buried. We then went to stop where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was. The guards change on the top of the hour and during the summer months, it is every 30 minutes. I Googled Arlington prior to going so I learned a lot about the men/women who volunteer for this job. Last week they were having 27 funerals that day that we were there. I would defiantly go on a tour if you are in the area.
Written 12 November 2023
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Juan Felipe
9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Ok, I usually like to visit this kind of places, it is a nice cemetery well kept, with interesting details like the Kennedy's monument and the unknown soldier, there is also a nice spot where there is a plate for the people that died in the challenger, in general it is nice. Reason for giving 3 stars is because it is big and everything is far away, there is a trolley but it is expensive, and getting from the train to the cemetery can easily take up to 15 minutes, something to add up when planning your trip.
Written 26 October 2023
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Craig G
Maumee, OH670 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This visit was part of a local 7-mile self-guided walking tour that started and ended near the Courthouse in Arlington. I was able to view and photograph my wife's grandparents burial sites. If you want to find a certain gravesite, they offer an app that will direct you right to it.
Written 22 October 2023
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Rob M
Cheyenne, WY7,606 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Attended a service with family and what an amazing experience. Everyone was professional, attentive, and kind. Property grounds are well taken care of. This is truly a must-see stop to pay respect to the 450,000 men/women who have died making sacrifices.
Written 18 October 2023
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Tiffanyjim
Marion, IA1,122 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Visiting Arlington is an incredibly moving experience. I visited as a teen, and now have come back years later with a new generation to experience. We chose to pay for the hop on/off tram to visit the sites as we arrived later in the day and didn’t think we would have the time to see everything we wanted to see as this place is expansive. Not only that it was nice to hear the history from the tram driver we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. We visited on a Sunday so it appeared quite busy, but we had no problems at all. We hit all the must sees immediately and our last stop was Tomb of the Unknown/Changing of the Guard at the top of each hour. Very emotional experience, but as an American everyone should experience Arlington once to pay respects to the men and women who we have to thank for our freedoms.
Written 17 October 2023
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,852 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I cannot say enough about the experience. Parking was at a price and I paid for the "tour" which was really just a trolley-type ride with some information to three different locations. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was by far my favorite aspect, but the whole day was filled with humbleness and gratitude.
Written 11 October 2023
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chocolatekimmy
Andover, UK179 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful grounds, perfectly kept. This is a profound experience. The visitor centre is excellent, full of information about the history and lots of pictures.
Written 11 October 2023
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