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Arlington National Cemetery Tours

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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery contains graves of soldiers from every war the United States has fought since the American Revolution. It is a resting place for such notable American leaders as President John F. Kennedy, jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, and civil rights activist Medgar Evers. With some 400,000 graves, famous and otherwise, the 624-acre (252-hectare) site has become a must-see historical site for any trip to Washington DC.

The Basics
Arlington National Cemetery is free to visit, and travelers should start at the Welcome Center, where maps, exhibits, and information services can be found. Notable sites within the cemetery include the President John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial; and the Memorial Amphitheater. Choose a hop-on hop-off tour that stops at the cemetery, a walking tour of the grounds, or a tour that combines a visit to the cemetery with stops at National Mall monuments, war memorials, Mount Vernon, or other DC landmarks.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Keep in mind that the cemetery is a shrine honoring fallen members of the US Armed Forces and that a visit is a solemn affair. Exercise an appropriate level of respect.
  • Be prepared to go through a security screening before entering the cemetery.
  • No food or drink other than bottled water is allowed in the Welcome Center or on the cemetery grounds.
  • The cemetery is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but you must bring your own.
  • Download the ANC Explorer mobile phone app or use it at the kiosks on site to locate gravesites and monuments around the cemetery.

How to Get to Arlington National Cemetery
To reach Arlington National Cemetery via the Metro from Washington DC, get off at the Arlington National Cemetery Station on the Blue Line. By car, it’s off of Memorial Avenue, across the Potomac from downtown DC.

When to Get There
Arlington National Cemetery can be visited 365 days a year. The site is open to the public from 8am to 5pm in October through March and until 7pm in April through September.  It’s less crowded in winter, but be prepared for cold temperatures.

The Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a must-see when visiting Arlington National Cemetery. From October 1 to March 31, it takes place every hour on the hour, and from April 1 to September 30, it occurs every half hour. The start of the ceremony is announced by a relief commander, and visitors are expected to stand and stay silent throughout the ceremony.


Address: 214 McNair Road, Fort Myer 22211, USA
Hours: Apr - Oct 8am - 7pm, Oct - Apr 8am - 5pm, every day
Admission: Free
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Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore the vast Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC at a pace that suits you on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. With trolleys departing regularly, you can hop off at any of the stops, including the US Marine Corps War Memorial, the US Coast Guard Memorial, and the Eternal Flame. Listen to an onboard guide share the history of Arlington and the significance of the memorials, monuments, and burial sites that you pass.
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  • 45 minutes
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

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See the moving Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a guided walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Be perfectly placed for good views of the moving ceremony, then continue to some of the cemetery's most important gravesites and memorials, including places dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine, Second World War soldier Audie Murphy, and more, learning the fascinating history of the cemetery as you walk.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more—even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 5 hours
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

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Visit the graves of service members, military commanders, and American leaders on a small-group walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Pay your respects to President John F. Kennedy and General Sheridan, and see memorials to lost space shuttles, unknown soldiers, the U.S.S. Maine, and Robert E. Lee.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$73.14
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Explore Arlington National Cemetery with a dedicated guide on this private 2.5-hour walking tour. Visit the graves of the men and women buried there and listen to cemetery history from your guide. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour

Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this 6-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, take a self-guided or narrated trolley tour, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the White House, the United States Capitol and more.
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  • 6 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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War Memorial and Arlington Cemetery Tour

War Memorial and Arlington Cemetery Tour

Discover Arlington National Cemetery and significant war memorials on a 6-hour group tour from Washington DC. Enjoy the scenery on board the tour bus and listen to live historical commentary. Stop at the Korean War, Vietnam Veterans, Air Force, Marine Corps Memorials, and more. Next visit Arlington, where you get a courtesy ride on the tram. Once the tour concludes, you’re free to spend as much time as you like in the cemetery.
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  • 5 hours
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

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THIS COST OF THIS TOUR IS BY GROUP. Concierge Tours ensures that all our guests, no matter the size of the group, see exactly what they want in the time they are in the Washington, DC area. A customized itinerary will be created and reviewed so that our guests know exactly what sights they will visit on the day(s) they spend on tour. Concierge Tours also caters to children! We keep them entertained and engaged during the tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

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Get a first class private tour with our professional chauffeurs, past major landmarks on this tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this 4-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night. Washington DC night tour by state-of-the-art luxury 5-passenger SUV Admire Washington DC’s major attractions and monuments floodlit at night Professional chauffeur will stop at each landmark so you can walk through each attraction.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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  • 12 hours
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Arlington Cemetery Private Tour

Arlington Cemetery Private Tour

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Pay your respects with a guide trained in military history on a private tour of Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to navigating the cemetery’s vast grounds, your guide provides historical anecdotes at both major landmarks and quiet locations often missed by visitors. For your convenience, the tour includes admission tickets and round-trip transport from any hotel or monument in Washington DC or Alexandria County.
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  • 4 hours
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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia

Day Tour of Arlington Virginia

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Explore the monuments and memorials of Arlington, Virginia, on a 5-hour, guided tour including the Arlington National Cemetery. See moving tributes to the United States Marines and Air Force, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and the Robert E. Lee Memorial at the Arlington House. Visit the most important graves at the national cemetery with time to search for the grave sites of loved ones. Pause to purchase lunch at the Pentagon Mall, then continue to the Pentagon to take in the site of the September 11th terrorist attack.
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  • 5 hours
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Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Tour - 8ppl Max

Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Tour - 8ppl Max

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Combine two landmarks of American history on a 5-hour, small-group tour of Arlington National Cemetery and The National Museum of American History that includes transport between the two sites. See the grave sites of service members and American leaders, then explore galleries that tell the story of the United States from the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Movement.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$143.10
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Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

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Become more familiar with American history on this private combo tour of the Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History. Follow your guide through these two important places as they keep you entertained with historical knowledge and fun facts. At the cemetery, see the gravesites of John F. Kennedy and casualties of the American Civil War. Stroll around the museum, and catch a glimpse of the star-spangled banner that inspired the US National anthem, as well as the ruby-red slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz.'
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$143.10
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Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van

Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van

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Experience the beauty and the history of Washington, DC during this private tour that makes stops at Arlington National Cemetery and other iconic war memorials. See the changing of the guards at the Tombs of the Unknowns, visit the family gravesite of President JFK and more with this memorable private tour by van.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$369.87
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Private Tour of Washington DC

Private Tour of Washington DC

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I offer very personal guided tours of Washington DC, in French, Spanish and English.  I am a professional guide, member of the Guild of Guides in Washington DC. When not guiding, I work as an archaeologist and as a cultural heritage consultant internationally. A curious urban explorer, passionate about art, history and D.C.’s hidden tales, I arrange customized boutique tours for international visitors, local diplomats, corporate small groups and private families. Let's transform your time in Washington DC into an unforgettable experience. Contact me now !
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  • 2 to 10 hours
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$65.00
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Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC

Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC

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Explore the military history of Washington, DC, on a 6-hour, private tour of the Pentagon, Fort McNair, the Industrial College of Armed Forces, and Arlington Cemetery. This tour accommodates your group of up to 5 people, and includes round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees, and a personal driver/guide.
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  • 6 hours
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God Bless America tour

God Bless America tour

Affordable custom, private tour catered to the need of each client, while providing high end service. We provide Luxury SUVs, professional drivers and amazing hand-picked profesional tour guides.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$547.95
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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Washington DC City Tour with Multi-Lingual Guide

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Washington DC City Tour with Multi-Lingual Guide

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Washington, D.C.’s rich and storied history runs the gamut of political intrigue, scandals, murders, and some of the greatest moments in U.S. history. This fully narrated tour combines walking and driving to major sites like the White House, the Pentagon FBI building, and the National Archives. Guides narrate the stops as you travel, and the tour is available in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or English.
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What are Arlington National Cemetery hours of operation?
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Arlington National Cemetery hours of operation: Apr - Oct 8am - 7pm, Oct - Apr 8am - 5pm, every day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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