Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

4.8
#1 of 1,872 in Things to do in Virginia
Remember the United States' fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, where casualties and deceased veterans of every U.S. war lie buried. The cemetery covers an area of over 253 hectares (624 acres), and was established in 1864 on an estate that once belonged to the wife of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The final resting place for nearly 260,000 dead, the cemetery also includes the grave of John F. Kennedy, marked by an eternal flame. Uniformed soldiers protect the graves of unidentified bodies from the wars fought in the 20th century, with a ceremonial changing of the guard every hour. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can look at informative exhibits and pick up a free map. To visit Arlington National Cemetery on your trip to Arlington, use our Arlington trip itinerary planner.
Create an itinerary including Arlington National Cemetery
map
Arlington National Cemetery Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
8,003 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • I took a half day in early December to go through the cemetery. I hadn't ben here for quite a few years. It totally 'grounded' me and my love and respect for our country and those who died protecting ...  more »
  • This is a must see. Was a little cold out but well worth it. Make sure to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.  more »
  • Plan time to stroll leisurely through the cemetery. It's a history of America written on the headstones of those interred here. Stay for the Changing of the Guard. The views from the Lee House will be...  more »
Google
  • What a great historical place! Was very humbling to walk these grounds. Has been a few years ago and I’m ready to go back. The tour of Robert E. Lee’s home was great to. Hard to imagine how many thousands have been through it. The changing of the guard was the best... A big thanks and salute to all the soldiers who guard this sacred tomb!
  • I hadn't been to Arlington since I was a young child; my husband and I took my son here. It is an amazing place and definitely a must see. The place runs like clockwork. There is a hop on, hop off trolley tour you can use to see that whole place but it's not really that big so you could also easily walk around on your own if you are willing to walk a few miles. The Eternal Flame, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and changing of the guards are all must sees.
  • A place of extreme and deep introspection of what others have sacrificed for what I am able to experience today. Changing of the Guard is a deep in moving experience. On a lighter note, there are some magnificent trees on the property. Take at least half a day (4-5hours) to experience it.
  • A must visit if you are in DC. I did the Trolley tour but also walked from the JFK grave site to the Tomb of the unknown soldier. It was really nice to just walk through. The site is just so peaceful and calm. The memorial amphitheater is also really beautiful. Stayed for the change of guard and took the last trolley back at 5:00 pm . Was glad i did it, it's worth going.
  • I was humbled by the sacrifices of those who put their lives in danger for our safety. Over 400,000 lie in this sacred cemetery and there are many names you’ll certainly recognize. Kennedy and Marshal and countless 4 and 5 Star generals. We took the bus tour since it was so cold outside, and it took us to the 5 most important stops in the cemetery. If you have the time and it’s nice outside, I’d suggest just walking.

Plan your trip to Arlington

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Arlington National Cemetery by other users

6 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Washington DC, Charleston & St. Augustine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 47 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans