- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery Review
Nearly 400,000 American war dead, as well as many notable Americans (among them Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, General John Pershing, and Admiral Robert E. Peary), are interred in these 624 acres across the Potomac River from Washington, established as the nation's cemetery in 1864. While you're here, there's a good chance you might hear the clear, doleful sound of a trumpet playing taps or the sharp reports of a gun salute. There are an average of 27 funerals held every weekday (it's projected that the cemetery will be filled in 2060). Another five to seven funerals are held on Saturdays for people who did not require or request military honors. Although not the largest cemetery in the country, Arlington is certainly the best known, a place where you can trace America's history through the aftermath of its battles.
To get here, you can take the Metro, travel on an ANC Tours bus, or walk across Arlington Memorial Bridge (southwest of the Lincoln Memorial). If you're driving, there's a large paid-parking lot off Memorial Drive, next to the skylighted Welcome Center.
For a map of the cemetery or help finding a grave, download the cemetery's app, ANC Explorer, or use the computers at the Welcome Center.
Martz Gray Line tour buses leave every 15–25 minutes from just outside the visitors center April through September, daily 8:30–6:30, and October through March, daily 8:30–4:30. You can buy tickets here for the 40-minute tour of the cemetery, which includes stops at the Kennedy gravesites, the Tomb of the Unknowns, and Arlington House.
Touring the cemetery on foot means a fair bit of hiking, but it can give you a closer look at some of the thousands of graves spread over these rolling Virginia hills. If you decide to walk, head west from the visitors center on Roosevelt Drive and then turn right on Weeks Drive.
- Address: West end of Memorial Bridge Arlington, Washington, DC 22211 | Map It
- Phone: 877/907–8585 for general information and to locate a grave
- Cost: Free, parking $1.75 per hr for first three hours, $2.50 thereafter, Martz Gray Line bus $8.75
- Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 8–7; Oct.–Mar., daily 8–5
- Website: www.arlingtoncemetery.mil
- Metro Arlington Cemetery.
- Location: Arlington
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
I always get such helpful advice on the forums so I want to repay the favor by posting my trip report. Read more
My mom (62) and I (32) wanted to enjoy a long weekend away together over the MLK holiday. Read more
A few months ago, I made the drive south from Philadelphia to Florida. Read more
· News & Features
American Airlines and US Airways formally completed their merger this morning, leaving four major players... Read more
Oceania Cruises has got something unique in store: a world cruise that embarks in the summertime instead... Read more
Whether its Spicy Alligator Fritters or Broiled Lobster Maine Lobster that you're after, Carnival's new... Read more