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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 639 acres of hallowed ground and they’re best explored aboard Arlington National Cemetery Tours.

Temporary Tour Changes

  • April 1 – September 30: The Changing of the Guard will be every 30 minutes, at the top and bottom of every hour. Social distancing limits will be in place at the Amphitheater.
  • Limited tours run from 8:30am – 4pm daily.
  • Tours depart every 30 minutes.
  • Cemetery hours are 8-5 p.m.
  • There are 5 stops: JFK Gravesite, JJ Pershing Gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Arlington House plus Welcome Center.
  • No weekend route currently available.
  • Group tours are available again. Buses may park on the upper parking level.

The National Park Service has announced the reopening of the Arlington House. Entry to the house requires timed tickets for all guests over the age of 2 and may be reserved at Recreation.gov. There is a processing fee for each ticket and the limit is six tickets per reservation.

Space will be limited, so it is recommended that tickets be reserved in advance, but walk-up, day-of tickets may be available if time slots are not sold out. Guests taking the tram tour should allow for additional time, as the tram tour does not guarantee arrival for your scheduled Arlington House tour.

Tour Highlights

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Aboard the continuous 45 minute loop, you’ll have the opportunity to disembark and explore.
Hop-On Hop-Off
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The tour makes 5 stops.
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 5 stops.

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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 - 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 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 - 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
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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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    • 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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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.

Tickets & Schedule

LOCATION & DURATION

Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center.

45 minutes: 5 stops.

WHEN

8:30am – 4pm

VETERANS DAY

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

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Additional Cemetery Information

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.

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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