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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.
New restrictions effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022:
The following stops are the only ones currently open:
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
President John F. Kennedy Gravesite
The Welcome Center will remain open, but guests will not be allowed to congregate inside. The book store is limited to 10 people at one time. The box office is socially distanced and as short as possible.
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.
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.
9:00am – 4:30pm
November 11: We will be providing transportation for special services at the Cemetery. Tours will not start until approximately 2 pm.
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.