Arlington National Cemetery Tour in Arlington, VA

Historic Tours of America1 Memorial AveArlington, VA 22211
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Overview

This 45-60 minute loop tour of Arlington National Cemetery gives you a glimpse into the tribute to those who dedicated their lives defending our nation. Over the past 150 years, more than 400,000 military men, women, and families have been laid to rest with honor at Arlington Cemetery. During your tour, you’ll also have the honor to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Arlington Travel Experts
  • The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes long.
  • The tour makes 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.
  • Hop on and off the tour, as you please.
  • Your tour guide will discuss the cemetery’s history, notable graves, and more.

Description

from Arlington National Cemetery Tour
It has been more than 150 years since the first military funeral took place at Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, more than 400,000 military service men, women and their families have been laid to rest here.

Among them, Presidents, astronauts and Supreme Court justices. As you tour these hallowed grounds, you may have the opportunity to witness a funeral taking place; each day there are between 27 and 30 services being held. The sight of a flag-draped coffin or the sound of Taps being played in the distance are just some of the moving moments you may experience while visiting.

Now, you can make the most of your time by touring Arlington aboard Old Town Trolley’s Arlington National Cemetery Tours. Our special tour will transport you through the cemetery, stopping at the most important points of interest and making a 45-minute continuous loop. You’ll have a chance to disembark at 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends and explore the many acres, view the headstones and feel the immense sense of patriotism that these men and women exhibited while defending the freedom and ideals of America.

Some of the most significant sights you’ll see include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard, the Arlington House, The Civil War Unknowns Monument, the Vietnam, World War I and World War II Memorial Trees, the Confederate Memorial and the memorials to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia. You’ll also have the chance to view the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family, President William Taft and Alexander Haig, among others. Along the way, your tour guide will share intriguing history and facts about Arlington. While here, be sure to make note of the numerous monuments and dedicated trees that pay tribute to special individuals and events that are such an important part of our nation’s history. A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is one that will never be forgotten—like the memory of the men and women who valiantly gave their lives in service.

Effective immediately, all visitors 16 years of age and older must present a valid state or government issued photo identification upon entering the cemetery. Visitors 16 and 17 years old may present a school issued identification for entry. We ask for your patience as this will create longer than usual delays.

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somuchfuntotravel
"A must see for every American"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020 NEW
Always a somber place to visit, but there is also a sense of American pride and patriotism that accompanies time spent there.
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772stevenw
Upper Mt Gravatt, Australia
"Makes you think "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 29, 2019
This tour was more for my benefit, having served. But my family really quite enjoyed the tour as well. Remember it’s not an attraction it’s a cemetery. Was very respectfully done paying due homage to the over 400 000 souls there. Great tour guide but a shame the weather was soo bad!!!
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Adv4Me
Westfield, New Jersey
"Tour bus!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2019
Take the blue line metro to the Arlington Cemetery stop. Cemetery bus tour runs about $15 per person and is well worth it (sit on Jeff’s bus - for an informative tour). Visit JFK’s gravesite/eternal flame, tomb of the unknown soldier, and the Iwo Jima memorial. The visit provides one with an appreciation of the sacrifices and services of individuals who made this country a shiny beacon of freedom and civil liberties for people from across the world. After taking in the visitors’ center - walk across the Arlington Memorial bridge over the Potomac River to visit the Korean Veterans/Vietnam/Lincoln Memorial. Stroll along the Reflecting Pool and end the afternoon at the WW2 Memorial.
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casallese
Baltimore, Maryland
"Best way to visit the cemetery"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2019
The hop on hop off bus tour of Arlington Cemetery is a comfortable and informative way to visit the site. It includes several stops at the most visited grave sites like the Kennedy grave and the tomb of the unknown soldier. A tour guide on the bus leads visitors through the National Cemetery pointing out many of the individuals buried there and information about the place. There are over 200,000 graves there. At any stop,a visitor can get off and take a following bus back onto the tour. It's inexpensive and takes about 45 minutes if you don't get off. Highly recommend!
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Kari M
midwest city, United States
"In Awe"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 16, 2019
The size of the cemetery is very large. The tour made it very easy and convenient to hop on and hop off at all the parts that we wanted to see. The Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is an experience I will never forget.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arlington National Cemetery Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes long.

When are tours offered?
Tours are available on the following schedule:

  • October – March: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Last tour departs at 4:00 pm*.
  • April – September: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Last tour departs at 6:00 pm.
*October – March: The last red loop Old Town Trolley will leave stop #11 (Lincoln Memorial) at 4:30 pm to pick-up guests from ANC at 4:45 pm and return them to stop #11.

Where does the tour depart from?
Tours depart from the Welcome Center.

What languages are the tours in?
The tour is in English.

Is the tour narrated?
Yes. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about our nation’s capital along with captivating history and stories.

How many stops are on the tour?
The tour has 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.

Do I need a reservation?
Yes. We strongly encourage you make a reservation to ensure you have a seat on the tour.

I have a wheelchair and would like to take it on the tour. Do I need to make other arrangements?
If you would like a wheelchair-accessible trolley, we ask that you call at least 24 hours in advance to give us notice and allow us to make accommodations for you. For more information, go to accessibility services.

Is there a place for me to put my stroller?
We have room for strollers and folding wheelchairs at the front of our trolleys.

Are food and drinks allowed on the tour?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Are your trolleys open-air?
Our trolleys are equipped with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. They also have roofs to protect passengers from the elements.

Are your trolleys air-conditioned?
No. The trolleys are open-air vehicles with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. With the cold nighttime air and temperatures, it is recommended that passengers bring a jacket.

Are the trolleys heated?
Yes. During the wintertime, we use heated trolleys that are glass-enclosed specifically for the colder weather.