Private Walking Tour of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC

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Pay tribute to the people who have fought for the nation’s freedom! The Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of approximately 400,000 veterans who have served the country. Guests on this tour will discover memorials to the country’s historic tragedies and learn about the heroes and states-people who have been buried on the grounds!

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • See the Arlington National Cemetery grounds and witness the Changing of the Guards ceremony!
  • Tour is approx. 3 hours.
  • Tour is suitable for culture vultures and history buffs of all ages.
  • Tram ride tickets inside Arlington Cemetery are included.
  • Food & drinks are not allowed inside the Arlington Cemetery. Water bottles are allowed inside the cemetery.
  • Water refilling stations are available throughout the grounds.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.


from Arlington National Cemetery: Private Half-Day Walking Tour
Arlington National Cemetery is one of the capital's most famous places and the final resting place for over 400,000 service members who gave their life for the nation's freedom, and it's best seen with a private guide with intimate knowledge of the stories of those buried here.
During this inspirational three-hour tour, you will learn the stories of the military heroes, states-people and presidents who have been buried in the cemetery in its over 150-year history.

On your private walking tour, you will:
  • Enjoy a tram ride uphill (tickets included) and a walking tour (downhill) of Arlington cemetery grounds;
  • Learn about General Robert E. Lee's home and its history during and after the Civil War;
  • Discover the tombs of iconic American figures, including President John F. Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, General George Marshall, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and General Philip Sheridan;
  • Visit the memorials dedicated to the victims of the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger;
  • See the unmissable Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • A sobering reminder of the realities of war, but a stunningly beautiful tribute, the Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of nearly half a million service members and their families.

Your tour begins at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, where you will learn about the astounding efforts of women in service of the military and how servicewomen came to have a dedicated space in Arlington.

Your tour then continues with the stories of General Marshall, Chief Justice Rehnquist and Army General Bradley, while visiting their final resting places. From there, you will learn about General Robert E. Lee, the previous owner of these grounds who inhabited Arlington House.

You will also explore lesser-known graves, including famed boxer Joe Lewis and the astronauts of the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger.

Following this, your guide will take you to the highlight of the tour for many—The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where you will be able to see a Changing of the Guard ceremony and hear the harrowing efforts undertaken to uncover the identities of the nation’s fallen soldiers whose bodies have never been identified.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Arlington National Cemetery: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Arlington National Cemetery tour at the main entrance to the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center, 1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211 or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Arlington National Cemetery is approximately 3 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given tram tickets inside the cemetery, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for history buffs and culture vultures of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Arlington National Cemetery tour?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) The Arlington Cemetery grounds where the final resting place of over 400,000 service members are found (2) Tombs of iconic American figures like President John F. Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, General George Marshall, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and General William Sheridan (3) Memorials dedicated to the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger (4) The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the Changing of the Guard ceremony is held

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the Arlington National Cemetery tour aside from the uphill/downhill rides on the tram.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near the departure point. One of which is the ANC parking facility located at the main Memorial Avenue entrance which charges $3 per hour and a daily maximum of $12 a day. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advice on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the Arlington National Cemetery tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.