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 639 acres of hallowed ground and they’re best explored aboard Arlington National Cemetery Tours.
The following stops are the only ones currently open:
During the week:
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
President John F. Kennedy Gravesite
Three additional stops on the weekends:
Sections 55 & 59
Columbarium and Niche Wall
Pentagon Group Burial Marker/911 Memorial
Due to construction near the Coast Guard Memorial and Ord & Weitzel Gate (Iwo Jima), we are not able to access those stops at this time.
The tour makes 6 stops on weekdays and 9 on weekends.
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.
LOCATION & DURATION
Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center.
45 minutes: 6 stops on weekdays and 9 on weekends.
8:30am – 4:00pm.
Open 363 days a year.
Special Operating hours:
Memorial Day – Tours will begin at 2:00pm.
Veterans Day – Tours will begin at 2:00pm.
Wreaths Across America:
December 15, 2023: Tours from 8:30am to 12pm.
Closed: December 16, 2023.
SHUTTLE TO ARLINGTON
Our red transfer shuttle will pick you up at the Lincoln Memorial stop and drop you off at the cemetery where you’ll then hop aboard our Arlington National Cemetery touring vehicles for your tour of the cemetery grounds.
*Shuttle to Arlington National Cemetery grounds is complimentary with an Old Town Trolley ticket. Guests must have a separate ticket to enjoy the Arlington National Cemetery guided tour aboard our vehicles.
Arlington National Cemetery is open:
Temporary hours: 8am – 5pm.
Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
October – March: Every hour on the hour.
April – September: Every half hour.