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.

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kristins254
Forest Lake, Minnesota
"Very well respected area. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2019 NEW
We loved being on the grounds. We Ubered it to there from our hotel in Georgetown because one part of the train was broken. So we got Hope On Hop Off tickets the day before we got there. I’m sure they were the same price there too. But it was cool to see the changing of the guards twice cuz they go every half hour. We also finished that and walked to Iwa Jima statue and Ubered it back once we were done with that. This statue is outside the grounds of the cemetery so it was a 15 min walk there.
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Nautical70
northeast Ohio
"Worth your time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2019 NEW
On a 90+ degree day our tour group made its last stop of the day at Arlington National Cemetery. We were given two hours and within that time frame we only had time to view the Kennedy grave sites and witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The cemetery is overwhelming but a must see for those of us who continue to enjoy our freedoms because of the ultimate sacrifice made by these men and women.
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Tim V
"Take the tram"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 24, 2019
The overall cemetery can be overwhelming. Take the tram ride it is well worth the $15. You can get off and wonder around all you'd like and pick up another ride in 15-20 mins. JFK's gravesite and the Tomb of the Unknowns is the obvious highlights. We spent 90 mins there and were completely satisfied. Unless your kids are prodigies they would not appreciate this place. I would think 13-15 would be the youngest.
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Ken H
Surrey, Canada
"The number of gravestones here is overwhelming"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019
My Wife and I decided to do the tour as it was 35 C and humid and too hot to walk. There are gravestones as far as the eye can see in every direction and they add 150 a week so they are quickly running out of space. There are many famous military figures here although the vast majority would only be known by family members.
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DR128
Greenville, Ohio
"Better than walking"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2019
We visited on Monday, July 1. The tour was only stopping at 3 of the regular stops due to funerals which I understand is out of their control. I do think in the summer that they should run the weekend schedule every day. There were definitely enough visitors to justify the extra stops especially since 3 stops had been eliminated. The guides in the trolleys were just ok. They seemed like they would rather be doing something else. Overall, it was better than walking but not necessarily worth the price due to only having 3 stops then back to the welcome center.
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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.