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Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

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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.
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  • Everyone is very friendly and helpful.  You can walk the entire cemetery if you want or do hop on/hop off tram tours for a reasonable fee. The guides on the tram are very informative and there is... 
    Everyone is very friendly and helpful.  You can walk the entire cemetery if you want or do hop on/hop off tram tours for a reasonable fee. The guides on the tram are very informative and there is...  more »
  • The changing of the guard is a must see if in Washington. The self guided tour with the tram that goes to the Kennedy eternal flame, the Robert E. Lee house and Tomb of the unknown soldier had great.....  more
    The changing of the guard is a must see if in Washington. The self guided tour with the tram that goes to the Kennedy eternal flame, the Robert E. Lee house and Tomb of the unknown soldier had great.....  more »
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  • Arlington National Cemetery is the sacred resting place for those 400,000 veterans who gave ultimate sacrifice for the country. Veterans of all major wars fought by United States are buried here, including two US Presidents. There is lots of walking involved in the cemetery sprawled in 620 acres. Please wear good walking shoes. Alternatively, you can take a tram tour with historical interpretation. This was the home of the George Washington’s family before. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is very moving marble memorial and one of the highlights of the cemetery. The Changing of the Guards take place every half an hour here which is a sobering experience. There is a grave site of President John F Kennedy here. The Memorial of Arboretum is very beautiful with green gardens. There is so much to see here so it is advisable to plan your trip in advance and decide what do you want to see. Every US citizen must visit here and honor our heroes
  • Everything you would expect from a national cemetery. Sacred ground that is beautifully maintained. Just walking through it and reading the headstones you get a great sense of history- look up some of the stories. Only problem is trying to find a family grave using their app was completely useless.

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