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Arlington National Cemetery Tours

Explore the Rich History from the Comfort of our Tour Vehicles. Arlington National Cemetery is an enduring tribute to those who’ve dedicated their lives to defending the ideals of our nation. A visit here will leave an indelible impression on your spirit. There are more than 624 acres of hallowed ground and they’re best explored aboard Arlington National Cemetery Tours.

Tour Highlights

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Aboard the continuous 45-60 minute loop, you’ll have the opportunity to disembark and explore.
Hop-On Hop-Off
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The tour makes 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.
Tour Stops
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Relax on our comfortable tour vehicles as you journey through history.
Tour Vehicles
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Learn about the cemetery’s history, the heroes who rest there, and other stories from your knowledgeable guide.
History & More
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You’ll be transported to notable graves and memorials.
Memorials
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24/7/365 by volunteer Sentinels from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.
Changing of the Guard
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TOUR STOPS

The tour makes 7 stops on weekdays and 10 stops on weekends.

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Arlington Cemetery - Welcome Center

1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - President John F. Kennedy Gravesite

1 Sheridan Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - US Coast Guard Memorial

Jessup Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - General John J. Pershing Gravesite

Arlington National Cemetery Section 34, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1 Wilson Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington House

321 Sherman Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington US Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima

Arlington, VA 22209, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Sections 55 and 59

Arlington National Cemetery Section 59, Arlington, VA 22202, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Niche Wall Columbarium Courts

Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Pentagon Group Burial Marker

District of Freedom #8573311, Patton Cir, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Welcome Center

1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - President John F. Kennedy Gravesite

1 Sheridan Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - US Coast Guard Memorial

Jessup Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - General John J. Pershing Gravesite

Arlington National Cemetery Section 34, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1 Wilson Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington House

321 Sherman Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington US Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima

Arlington, VA 22209, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Sections 55 and 59

Arlington National Cemetery Section 59, Arlington, VA 22202, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Niche Wall Columbarium Courts

Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arlington Cemetery - Pentagon Group Burial Marker

District of Freedom #8573311, Patton Cir, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA GET DIRECTIONS
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      Arlington Cemetery - Welcome Center
      Arlington Welcome Center loading zone.
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    • Image of the flat stones and memorial plaque dedicated to John F. Kennedy that surrounds the Eternal Flame in the Arlington National Cemetery
      Arlington Cemetery - President John F. Kennedy Gravesite
      The circular granite walkway is 210 feet in diameter and 3.2 acres are set aside in President Kennedy’s memory. The low-lying wall is inscribed with quotes from Kennedy’s inaugural address and just behind the wall is the grave of the President, two of his children, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the Eternal Flame. Today President Kennedy’s grave is the most visited site at the cemetery.
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      Arlington Cemetery - US Coast Guard Memorial
      The circular granite walkway is 210 feet in diameter and 3.2 acres are set aside in President Kennedy’s memory. The low-lying wall is inscribed with quotes from Kennedy’s inaugural address and just behind the wall is the grave of the President, two of his children, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the Eternal Flame. Today President Kennedy’s grave is the most visited site at the cemetery.
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    • Close-up of the headstone General John J. Pershing overlooking rows of white headstones in Arlington National Cemetery
      Arlington Cemetery - General John J. Pershing Gravesite
      Pershing is the highest ranked military officer buried at Arlington and the second highest ranked officer in history. He was promoted to General of the Armies in 1919, which is equivalent to a six star General, and was put in charge of all branches of the military service. He led the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I and was mentor to many generals.
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      Arlington Cemetery - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
      Resonating with an awesome power all its own and a symbol of personal sacrifice, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier may possess the most mystique of any grave or memorial at Arlington. After the end of World War I, a movement formed to honor soldiers that were killed in battle that could not be identified. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier contains the remains of such a soldier but the tomb itself speaks for all of those that were not given a proper burial and consigned to anonymity.
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    • Arlington House
      Arlington House
      Arlington House was built by George Washington Parke Custis as a memorial to his adopted grandfather, George Washington. The house is full of history. It is more commonly known as the Robert E. Lee Memorial because Lee lived there for approximately 30 years. Lee married Parke Custis’ daughter Mary. They lived on the grounds until the start of the Civil War in 1861. During the war, the house, which was located on strategic high ground, became a campsite for Union troops.
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      Arlington US Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima
      Just outside the gates of the cemetery is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial which is for all Marines who have given their lives in service since 1775, but it is often called the Iwo Jima Memorial because it depicts the famous flag raising on top of Mt. Surabachi.
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      Arlington Cemetery - Sections 55 and 59
      WEEKEND STOP ONLY. Sections 55 and 59, the first stop on the weekend route, show us that Arlington National Cemetery is still a very active cemetery conducting up to 30 funerals each day, Monday through Saturday. Both sections are considered active burial sections, meaning a number of funerals take place in the sections during the week.
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      Arlington Cemetery - Niche Wall Columbarium Courts
      WEEKEND STOP ONLY. Half of the funerals that are conducted at the cemetery are for cremated remains. A niche space is a small rectangular slot that can hold approximately 2-3 urns. The Niche Wall runs along the eastern border of the cemetery and is approximately half a mile in length. The Columbarium Courts are structures that have niches built into them.
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    • Pentagon
      Arlington Cemetery - Pentagon Group Burial Marker
      WEEKEND STOP ONLY. On September 12, 2002, a funeral service was conducted at the Memorial Amphitheater for the 184 victims of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. Following the service, a group burial was held in Section 64. A five-sided memorial marks the group burial. It resembles the Pentagon, which is in visible distance, although the five sides are meant to memorialize the five victims whose remains were not recovered. The names of all the victims are listed on the marker in alphabetical order.
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Close-up of the headstone General John J. Pershing overlooking rows of white headstones in Arlington National Cemetery

History of Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is located on a parcel of land that once belonged to George Washington’s step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis. In 1857, Custis left the property to his daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis and it became the family home for her and her husband, Robert E. Lee.

After the Lee family vacated the property at the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the grounds were used for various purposes, including serving as a camp and headquarters for Federal Troops during the Civil War and later providing a safe haven for former slaves seeking freedom. Arlington National Cemetery held its first military burial on May 13, 1864.

Today, the property is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. It is a place to remember the men and women who served their nation and where all who visit can gain a sense of their sacrifice.

Schedule & Tickets

Location and Duration:

Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center.

45-60 minutes: 7 stops on weekdays and 10 stops on weekends.

When:

October – March: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Last tour departs at 4:00 pm*.
April – September: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Last tour departs at 6:00 pm.

Veterans Day:

November 11: We will be providing transportation for special services at the Cemetery. Tours will not start until approximately 2 pm.

*October – March: The last red loop Old Town Trolley will leave stop #11 (Lincoln Memorial) at 4:30pm to pick-up guests from Arlington National Cemetery at 4:45pm and return them to stop #11.

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Additional Cemetery Information

Arlington National Cemetery is open:
October – March: 8am – 5pm
April – September: 8am – 7pm

Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
October – March: Every hour on the hour.
April – September: Every half hour.

The Arlington National Cemetery Tour is included with your Old Town Trolley Gold or Platinum Day Tour.  For more information, call 202-796-2606.

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