Established on the grounds of Arlington House, an estate of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna, lies Arlington National Cemetry. The grounds contain approximately 400,000 graves of perished military members dating back to the American Civil War and honors those who fought for our country. Spanning over 624 acres on a hilltop overlooking Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, the cemetery is a special and somber place to visit while in our nation's capital.
There are 396 Medal of Honor recipients buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and five state funerals have been held here. U.S. presidents are eligible to be buried at Arlington regardless if they were wartime service members, as they oversee the armed forces as commanders in chief. Other notable burials at the cemetery include President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and a U.S. Senator.
One of the most memorable areas of the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The white marble tomb here contains soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The guard standing at the Tomb of the Unknown is changed every hour on the hour October 1 to March 31 in an symbolic ritual. From April 1 through September 30, another change is added on the half hour and the cemetery closing time moves from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. allowing more opportunities to witness this historic ceremony.
After exploring the monuments lining our National Mall on our Monuments, Memorials & Arlington Cemetery Bike Tour, we cycle over to Arlington Cemetery where we park our bikes and give guests the opportunity to visit this solemn cemetery. Visiting is a remarkable experience that should not be missed on your visit to D.C.
April through September: 8:00am - 7:00pm
October through May: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Open 365 days a year.
The Arlington Cemetery Metro Station (Blue Line) is a short walk from the entrance gates.
Public Entrance Fees