Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
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Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame.
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  • Lynn S
    League City, Texas619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST-DO
    I was thrilled to be able to return to Arlington National Cemetery. Every American citizen should go at least once, and I'm proud to say I've now been three times. Do NOT attempt to walk the cemetery. It is far too large and you will miss too much. Pay the money and take the hop on /hop off tram. It will let you pass the big spots (like the JFK grave as well as brothers Bobby, Teddy and Joe) and the Tomb of the Unknown. Do not miss a changing of the guard ceremony even if you have to stand. And tour the Custiss-Lee Mansion overlooking Arlington to learn more history (it seems the lesson is, if you wanna drive someone off their property, bury some bodies around their house) and also see some spectacular views of Washington DC. Do not ever miss going to Arlington Cemetery when you visit DC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • CapDeathCarpet
    Nottingham, United Kingdom200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving and amazing
    Profoundly moving place to visit. Easy to reach via the metro system we decided to visit this national site while staying in Washington. The trolley rides are organised and informative and definitely the easiest way to see the huge site. Unlike most of America they treat this place with subtle respect. The permanent patrol of the guards is fascinating to watch and I was able to pay my respects to Audie Murphy there. A moving place to visit.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Peter D
    Ledbury, United Kingdom385 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely moving - tastefully done
    Extremely moving experience and well worth a visit. Unless you really like walking I would recommend booking a tour. Be aware there is no water available outside of the visitors area (they allow you to fill water bottles. If it’s a warm day there are very few shady areas so apply that sun screen. Amazing experience glad I made the trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • D H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Somber and Powerful Place
    We go every year and it's every bit a somber experience as always. The only discordant thing was when we took the small, motorized train around Arlington Cemetery, as we usually do, was to have the well known monuments and graves pointed out and explained. Unfortunately, this time the monologue from the presenter was almost completely "woke". Major disappointment for this sacred place.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place every American patriot should visit.
    Every American should visit here in their lifetime to honor those who were a huge part of our history as a nation and those who have been interred after serving their country. A highlight for us was taking our granddaughter, who sees RBG as her role model to see her grave. Also seeing all of the Kennedys and other important graves. It was our honor to hear the impassioned speech of one of the rangers that really moved us as he told us of the history of Arlington House.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
  • skinner9237
    Ellicott City, Maryland100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the trolley
    Beautiful grounds. Other than the planes flying overhead, very peaceful. Saw changing of the guard. Would have liked to walk in Section 1 but time did not allow us. The only downside was the women’s bathroom could use some upkeep as some waste was in the bowl and TP on the ground. No place to grab anything to eat from what I could see. Parking meters were broken in the main garage and would not take cards. Definitely could spend more time.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Dana L. Anthon
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Came down to Arlington to place my mom next to my dad who was in the military. When we got there we were greeted and was explained how the service was going to go. We followed our tour guide who was excellent. We entered the area where my dad was and placed my mom inside. We said a few words and that was that. Will be back to visit soon
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Shirlyn F
    Meridian, Idaho7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring
    Our family spent the morning at Arlington. It was so humbling to see all the service men and women who sacrificed their lives. We made stops at the Arlington house, the Kennedy gravesite and the Changing of the Guard. It was definitely worth going to.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • William O
    Westfield, Massachusetts55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile to see
    This is worth a visit for at least a few hours. One can pay homage for those who served our country. Changing of the guards is very solemn and good to see. Pay and take the tram unless you want a long walk. All employees were very nice and knowledgeable. A good 2-3 hour visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Amanda&Chris
    Petersfield, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile Visit
    We were visiting our American cousins from the UK and this was one place I really wanted to visit. Sadly, due to family commitments on the day, we were only able to spend an hour here which really wasn't enough. The 'jump on/jump off) trolleys meant we could go round the Cemetery in 45 minutes with the guide telling us all about the places within we passed but I would really have liked to have had the time to jump and spend some more time at various points. A really worthwhile visit and, if we return to DC, we will certainly go back
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a rare DC destination that is maintained at a level a national monument should be maintained at. The grounds are immaculate, which are particularly impressive given how expansive they are. What surprised me most was how many famous names are here, some of whom I never knew served.
Written 29 February 2024
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Greg B
Aberdeen, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place is very impressive. Leaving a review on a cemetery is somewhat odd but the tomb of the unknown soldier, the changing of the guard and a wreath laying ceremony were fantastic to witness and quite emotional too. The grounds are immaculate too and they offer tours to save walking. How I wish I did this! It’s quite hilly to walk.
Written 26 February 2024
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The cemetery cover 639 acres and hop-on hop-off tour buses with commentary by guides provides a feasible, flexible, and informative way to explore it, it really is a bit too big to walk around. We visited the graves of Robert and Jackie Kennedy and other members of the Kennedy family, watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and explored Arlington House, originally owned by Mary Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee. The visit was informative, moving, thought provoking and is
Written 25 February 2024
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Christy L
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was by far the most powerful experience we've ever had. We witnessed 2 funerals complete with bagpipes. I would recommend this as a stop to anyone in the DC area. The history knowledge we took away is unreal and the burial sites and historic homes were breathtaking.
Written 5 February 2024
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Susan K
Knoxville, TN5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Unfortunately we walked about a mile to find out a gate was not open for access and had to walk back to the Pentagon metro station. Once we arrived, the grounds were meticulous and the guards at the unknown tomb were definitely worth the uphill walk to view!
Written 2 January 2024
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Dane H
Goodyear, AZ45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
I lived for 4 years just on the other side of the stone fence that surrounds part of Arlington National Cemetery. I am a 76 yr old retired/disabled veteran. Also, my birthfather has a Memorial Stone in Arlington as he was killed in action in Korea in 1953. I strongly object to the removal of the Confederate Monument! It is part of our American history. All Confederate Monuments or those men who participated in that conflict within Arlington should be protected as they are also part of our American history. If I lived in the area, I would be at your gate in my wheelchair with a placard demonstrating against the removal or modification of any Confederate related monument or memorial.
Dane Hays-Hobday
16237 West Woodlands Ave
Goodyear, Arizona
US Army Retired/Disabled.
Written 21 December 2023
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Jason Reilly
Robesonia, PA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I spent half a day walking around Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guard ceremony. The Cemetery is full of history and the map handed out at the visitor center was very helpful. Beautiful maintained grounds and the Arlington House was interesting to visit.
Written 20 December 2023
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Traveler
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This has gotta be one of the most humbling places to visit (this and Pearl Harbor)! If you love your country and those that gave their lives to obtain and protect our freedom, then you definitely should visit! I’m a grown man brought to tears multiple times visiting this sacred ground! Highly recommend!
Written 26 November 2023
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sfuhere
uk788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We arrived at 4pm in November so only had an hour to see the cemetery. We hadn’t fully realised how vast it is. So we took the trolley tour, which costs $19.50 each but saved us from lots of walking. We had two guides: one was excellent and engaging, the other sounded rather bored and just going through the motions. Nonetheless it’s a good idea to use the tour, unless you are okay walking quite considerable distances.

The JFK burial site was profoundly moving and has a beautiful outlook. It really emotionally affected me, even though I’m not American. There was a feeling of deep respect and sorrow there. The simplicity of it all only made it more affecting.

The changing of the guard ceremony, and attached Museum and amphitheatre, was also attended with great respect and is certainly worth seeing.

What has stayed with me the most, though, is seeing the endless neat rows of graves, stretching in every direction into the far distance. So, so many dead. It does make you think about the human cost of war. An astonishing four hundred thousand people are buried here.
Written 18 November 2023
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SUNILDASWANEY
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The most impressive part of the Arlington National Cemetery was its outstanding maintenance .Nice to be part of history in some way or the other.
Written 13 November 2023
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