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Arlington National Cemetery is in Arlington, Virginia.

Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Pentagon, this national military cemetery includes John F. Kennedy's tomb and the house of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (whose property this was, before it was seized during the American Civil War). It also features the grave site of NASA administrator James E. Webb.

This article also covers the areas surrounding the cemetery, including Fort Myer, the Pentagon grounds, and Columbia Island.


Map of Arlington National Cemetery
Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Get in[edit]

Arlington National Cemetery has its own stop on the Metro Blue Line, which provides access from downtown Washington D.C., Crystal City, and Alexandria.

Fees and permits[edit]


  • 1 Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center, toll-free: +1 877 907-8585. Apr-Sept 8AM-5PM, Oct-Mar 8AM-4PM. Contains information about the cemetery and the tomb of the unknown solder. There is also a large parking garage which can be a good place to dump your car before catching the subway into D.C. free. Arlington National Cemetery (Q216344) on Wikidata Arlington National Cemetery on Wikipedia
    • 2 Arlington National Cemetery Tour, toll-free: +1-877-907-8585. 8:30AM-4PM. A private tour company which provides hop on/off tram to get around the cemetery provides a way to explore the entire cemetery (which is enormous and hilly) in a short amount of time. $19.50/adult, $10.75/child, $15/senior.
  • 3 Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Memorial Dr & Schley Dr (Metro: Arlington Cemetery), +1 703 533-1155, toll-free: +1 800-222-2294, . M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su Noon-5PM. The memorial honors the contribution of women to America's military. In 1932, McKim, Mead and White designed a gateway to Arlington Cemetery, and in 1997 a mostly underground museum opened behind that historic structure. It features informational displays and historic artifacts and uniforms. A national parks passport stamp is available at the gift shop's checkout. free. Women in Military Service for America Memorial (Q8031470) on Wikidata Women in Military Service for America Memorial on Wikipedia
  • 4 John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame. Final resting place of President John F. Kennedy and many other members of the Kennedy family John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame (Q646193) on Wikidata John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame on Wikipedia
  • 5 Arlington House, +1 703 235-1530. 9:30AM-4:30PM. The plantation house of Robert E. Lee and his ancestors. Guided tours are available and the grounds have great views looking down into Washington, D.C. free. Arlington House (Q675702) on Wikidata Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial on Wikipedia
  • 6 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Apr-Sep 8AM-7PM daily, Oct-Mar 8AM-5PM daily; Changing of the Guard ceremony Apr-Sep every half hour, Oct-Mar every hour. Just as the name says, this tomb sited on a picturesque hill overlooking Washington, D.C., is the resting place of one soldier each from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War whose bodies could not be identified. (Due to advances in DNA testing, a soldier from the Vietnam War formerly entombed here was identified and reinterred, and it's likely that there will be no more unidentified soldiers from now on.) Guards in pristine dress uniforms maintain a 24/7 patrol in a meticulous back-and-forth pattern: 21 steps, turn and shoulder arms, pause for 21 seconds, and repeat. Even inclement weather does not stop them (although there is a shelter used very occasionally in extreme conditions). The prestigious post is not entirely ceremonial; the guards are armed and will interrupt their routine to silence loud or disrespectful visitors or stop anyone (including children and tourists with cameras) who approaches too close. A formal Changing of the Guard ceremony is held half-hourly in summer and hourly in winter. The solemn ceremony is a popular sight to watch, but if you want to spend some time in quiet contemplation you may find the crowd and their cameras disruptive; instead, aim to arrive just after the ceremony when the crowd thins out until the next one. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Arlington) (Q3531107) on Wikidata Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Arlington) on Wikipedia
    During and after the ceremony, visitors are expected to be silent and remain off the plaza at all times, i.e., remain behind the railing. During the ceremony, you are expected to stand. The honor guards will not hesitate to tell you off, point their rifles at you, or both if you do not observe the rules.
  • 7 Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), Meade St & Arlington Blvd (about a 15 minute walk from either the Rosslyn or Arlington Cemetery Metro stations). Compelling memorial that commemorates the amphibious landing and eventually victorious battle for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima during World War II. If you walk around the memorial counter clockwise, you'll notice the optical illusion of the marines planting the flag. On July 4th, this spot also provides an excellent view of the fireworks. free. Marine Corps War Memorial (Q1403946) on Wikidata Marine Corps War Memorial on Wikipedia
  • 8 The Pentagon (Just across the Potomac River from downtown DC. Metro: Pentagon), +1 703-697-1776 (tours), +1 301-740-3388 (memorial). While lingering is not recommended for security reasons, you should know it is the largest office building in the world, and covers 4 zip codes. (Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Defense). Tours are available by online reservation made 14-90 days in advance. The Pentagon Memorial is open 24 hours to visitors on the Washington Blvd side, where Flight 77 hit. Photography is allowed at the memorial, but is not permitted anywhere else on the Pentagon grounds— take photos anywhere else on site, and you may face a lengthy interrogation by the Pentagon Police and will probably be asked to delete the images. On a lighter note, the interior courtyard is irreverently referred to by employees as "Ground Zero," as it was the target of a number of Soviet missiles during the Cold War. There is no public parking at the Pentagon but it is about a 5-minute walk from the Pentagon City Mall through a tunnel. The Pentagon (Q11208) on Wikidata The Pentagon on Wikipedia
  • 9 Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. Just outside the Pentagon, and accessible to visitors Pentagon Memorial (Q889893) on Wikidata Pentagon Memorial on Wikipedia
  • 10 United States Air Force Memorial (a 15- to 20-minute walk from either the Pentagon or Pentagon City metro stops, or you can ride any of the route 16 Metrobuses from the Pentagon to the memorial.). A monument dedicated in Fall 2006 to the U.S. Air Force. The monument consists of three soaring spires signifying the Thunderbird's bomb-burst formation. Also on the site are a few statues and information about various airborne campaigns the U.S. Air Force has participated in. The monument is on a hilltop with an excellent view of Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon, and Washington DC. Limited parking is available in the lot across the street from the memorial. United States Air Force Memorial (Q7889224) on Wikidata United States Air Force Memorial on Wikipedia
  • 11 Arlington Memorial Bridge. A historic bridge built in 1932 providing a line-of-sight between Arlington House and the Lincoln Memorial, symbolizing the rapprochement between the North and South after the Civil War Arlington Memorial Bridge (Q1328779) on Wikidata Arlington Memorial Bridge on Wikipedia
  • 12 Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, +1 703 289-2500. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac (Q1631768) on Wikidata Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac on Wikipedia
  • 13 Navy–Merchant Marine Memorial, George Washington Memorial Pkwy. On Columbia Island, along the Mount Vernon Trail Navy – Merchant Marine Memorial (Q6982709) on Wikidata Navy – Merchant Marine Memorial on Wikipedia
  • 14 Netherlands Carillon. 6AM-midnight. A symbol of freedom and friendship between the Netherlands and the U.S. since World War II. Netherlands Carillon (Q2901761) on Wikidata Netherlands Carillon on Wikipedia
  • 15 National Seabee Memorial. Honors the Naval Construction Battalions, with panels depicting their missions since 1942. National Seabee Memorial (Q14712944) on Wikidata National Seabee Memorial on Wikipedia




Bottled water is sold in the cemetery's Welcome Center. Food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed within the cemetery.



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