Historical Attractions

Arlington National Cemetery Arlington

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Arlington National Cemetery
McClellan Drive
Arlington
VA
22211
Tel: 877-907-8585

Where are we going today?

It's not usual to mention a cemetery on a list of things to do with the family, but when it's a place that holds such as strong connection with American history, it's one that is worth taking the family to.

A visit to the Arlington National Cemetery will give kids an experience that allows them to learn all about American history, as they walk around the graves of 400,000 service members, veterans and their families.

The cemetery itself is beautiful, with rolling green hills dotted with trees that are hundreds of years old. Among the many people who lie here today, there is one that is the draw card to visitors from all around the world - the final resting place of John F Kennedy. He is only one of two presidents that remain in the Arlington National Cemetery. 

The first stop on your visit to the cemetery is the Welcome Center. Here, you can pick up all of the information you need during your visit, as well as books and maps to guide you. Then, you can wander around at your pleasure. The Memorial Amphitheater is where the memorials take place, and is an impressive structure.

One event not to miss is the changing of the guard ritual, which occurs each hour, on the hour, all year round. There is also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Memorial Arboretum.

A fascinating day out for the family where kids can really learn about key events within American history, and one that is worth a visit when in Arlington. 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

8am - 7pm (April - Sept) 5pm close rest of year

365 days a year

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in the area to grab something to eat before you visit.

Any Top Tips?

You can take a guided tour around the cemetery, where you can hear all about the history on the major stops..

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff in the Welcome Center to discuss the accessibility of the cemetery.

Can I get one of those?

The bookstore in the Welcome Center is the best place to pick up books and educational items.

More information

They offer a free shuttle service for individuals who want to visit a gravesite..

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    Driving across the country in my RV. This was one of the places that was definitely on my list to stop and see. So very glad I did. Hard to believe and so heart wrenching to walk through and see all the men and women that gave their lives to protect our country and give us the freedom that we now have.

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    My husband was buried this past 3/17/16 at ANC. He always wanted his final resting place to be with his brothers at Arlington. The ceremony was nice but we were rushed because two more funerals were after my husband's. He was treated with a great amount of dignity and respect. He has been my Hero for over forty four years. RIP my love until we meet again.

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    On a recent quickie trip to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., my wife and I did some of the touristy things over a 2 day span. Among the plentiful museums in DC, we decided a visit to Arlington National Cemetery should be part of our weekend.

    It's not a far drive from the museum district. As you enter the area on your way to park, I experienced a sort of quiet somber come over me. Like all the museums in DC, entrance is free. You can pay for a guided tour if you'd like, or you can do like we and most others did and just walk right in and...Read More

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    An arresting place. Men and women lost to necessary and unnecessary wars alike. Wars to protect the world and self-ibterst in equal measure. Men and women thrust into greatness in a moment of selflessness and those unaware of their contribution.

    Sacrifice nonetheless.

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    Having originally visited Arlington to see the gravesite of JFK , I discovered that every gravesite had a very human story behind it , I stopped at the gravesite of General John J Pershing and wondered why he was buried in an 'ordinary' grave, but when I came home and did some research on the man I discovered that he was far from ordinary but a fascinating man with a fascinating story to his life.

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by Orestes Hernandez

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On a recent quickie trip to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., my wife and I did some of the touristy things over a 2 day span. Among the plentiful museums in DC, we decided a visit to Arlington National Cemetery should be part of our weekend.

It's not a far drive from the museum district. As you enter the area on your way to park, I experienced a sort of quiet somber come over me. Like all the museums in DC, entrance is free. You can pay for a guided tour if you'd like, or you can do like we and most others did and just walk right in and hit the trails on our own.

The magnitude of this place is hard to comprehend until you're walking through the endless sea of tombstones. These people all dedicated their lives, literally, to make our country what it is today. For me in particular, as the son of immigrants from Cuba, and the first generation of my family to graduate with a college degree, it's particularly powerful to see the endless lines of tombstones.

With the limited time we had for our visit, we made our way up to the memorial of General Robert E Lee. The view of the city from this vantage point is memorable. Just in front of the general's former home is the gravesite of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French American architect and engineer who designed he layout of the DC streets we see today. Be sure to read his story on the plaque.

On our way back down we stopped to pay respects to our beloved former President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This is an specially quiet place in part, I believe, because we all know how his tragic death came to pass.

If you're in DC for a trip, be sure to make time to visit Arlington a National Cemetery.

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