Arlington National Cemetery

A walk through the final resting place of many of America’s greatest heroes will leave you feeling inspired yet reflective.

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Arlington National Cemetery: Our most recommended tours and activities

From NYC: Spanish Language Day Trip to Washington DC

1. From NYC: Spanish Language Day Trip to Washington DC

Journey from NYC to Washington on a full-day trip to see the sights of the nation’s capital with a Spanish-speaking guide. Visit the most important monuments, memorials and buildings you’ll recognize from TV and films. Head down South from NYC in a comfortable air-conditioned bus, passing through New Jersey and Delaware, with a stop in Delaware to stretch your legs and use the restrooms. Continue on past Maryland until Arlington, Virginia. The tour starts properly at Arlington National Ceremony, where the tour guide will take you to Kennedy’s grave and explore with you the lush grounds. Then, head to the Iwo Jima memorial, with time to take photos. During the whole journey, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the city.   Next, head to Washington DC across the Potomac River. Pass along Constitution Avenue where you’ll see the State Department, the Institute of Peace, and the Albert Einstein Memorial. Go to the National Mall and walk with your guide to places that have been featured in movies and TV series. See the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. You’ll recognize the Reflecting Pool from Forrest Gump. You’ll also see the most-visited monument in the city, the World War II Memorial.   Back on the bus, you’ll continue to view offices of important organizations such as the Organization of American States, the American Red Cross, and the Treasury Department until you finally reach the White House. Take some time to take pictures in the gardens before continuing on to see the FBI buildings, the National Archives, and more. Your final stop will be the Air and Space Museum, where you’ll have some free time to visit the exhibits, have lunch, and take photos of the Capitol Building. On the way back to NYC, you’ll be treated to a night-time panoramic view of NYC from New Jersey. 

Washington DC: Arlington Nat. Cemetery Ticket & Tram Tour

2. Washington DC: Arlington Nat. Cemetery Ticket & Tram Tour

Discover the enduring tribute to the men and women that have dedicated their lives to defending the ideals of the United States of America with a tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Explore more than 600 acres of hallowed ground that once belonged to George Washington's adopted son, George Washington Parke Custis. In 1857, Custis left the property to his daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis, when it became the family home for her and her husband Robert E. Lee. Throughout its history, the grounds have been used for various purposes, including serving as a camp and headquarters for Federal Troops during the Civil War, and as a safe haven for slaves transitioning to freedom after abolition. Arlington National Cemetery held its first military burial on 13 May 1864, and is now the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Honor the men and women who gave their lives in service at 3 stops which include the JFK Gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and The Arlington House. • Marine Corp War Memorial • President John F. Kennedy Grave • US Coast Guard Memorial • Pershing Grave • Memorial Amphitheater • Robert E. Lee Memorial

Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

3. Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

See the city of Washington lit up with the dreamy glow of the stars on this exclusive 3-hour night guided night bus/walking tour. As you travel in comfort through the streets of DC and walk through its most important sights, hear the tales of its fascinating history from your knowledgeable live guide. From the Capitol to the White House and Lincoln Memorial and most everything in between, you'll experience Washington lit up at its nighttime best — with the beautiful structures and reflections of light on the water for which this beautiful city is known.  The memorials and monuments you will get off the bus with your tour guide include: • U. S. Capitol ( Exterior photo stop only) • White House ( Exterior photo stop only) • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Korean Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • World War II Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

4. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the list of attractions and memorials that you will see on the tour: • Washington Welcome Center • The White House • National Archives • National Law Enforcement Museum • Union Station • U.S. Capitol • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum • The Wharf • International Spy Museum • Holocaust Memorial Museum • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • National Museum of American History • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History • National Gallery of Art • National Portrait Gallery

Washington DC: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

5. Washington DC: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Washington D.C. has so many monuments that sightseeing can be bewildering. But on this guided sightseeing bus tour, tour guides will take you up close and personal to treasured monuments while expert drivers navigate Washington traffic. Explore history and learn important facts with your guide throughout the tour, and have a chance to get off at each of the following stops to take pictures and get a closer look: • U.S. Capitol (exterior only) • White House (exterior only) • Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial • Korean Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Vietnam Women's Memorial • World War II Memorial • Potomac River Cruise (included from March 25–October 15. When boat does not operate, the Jefferson Memorial will be added as a stop.) • Lincoln Memorial

Washington, DC: Arlington Cemetery & DC Monuments Tour

6. Washington, DC: Arlington Cemetery & DC Monuments Tour

Join this 5-hour tour that starts with Arlington National Cemetery, and then see some of the most famous Washington, DC monuments. Start with a 2-hour walk through Arlington National Cemetery and visit John F. Kennedy's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Changing of the Guard. Once you finish the walking tour of Arlington Cemetery, you will be picked up to start your guided tour of many of the top sights of Washington, DC. Travel by an air-conditioned bus from one sight to the next. Hop off the bus at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King  Jr Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the exterior of the White House, and the exterior of the U.S Capitol. Your guides will detail the history surrounding each site. Enjoy ample time for photo opportunities at each stop.  The tour ends from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington DC: National Archives Building

7. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Tour around the presidential highlights of the nation's capital, Washington, DC by luxury tour bus. Check out every memorial of the National Mall as you voyage around the city. Hop on and off as you please to visit the most important landmarks, and hear the important history from your guide. This excursion begins with an in-depth look at some of the city’s most poignant sights and sounds, from the White House to the war memorials and the U.S. Capitol Building. In summer, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise after lunch, taking in the pretty Potomac and Georgetown Waterfront. Meanwhile, winter brings a scenic bus tour through Virginia in the afternoon, taking in The Pentagon, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery along the way. Enjoy a fascinating look at the interior of the National Archives as the final attraction of the tour.

From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

8. From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

On this 2-day tour from New York, you will travel to Philadelphia, the Amish country, and Washington DC. Day 1: New York – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart from New York through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Upon arrival, you will embark on a panoramic tour that includes, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfert Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America), and more. Arriving in the historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution Square, and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America.  Departing Philadelphia you will see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue east to Lancaster county, home of the Amish people. Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service, or appliances. After the ride, visit the marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts crafts, and products. In the late afternoon, depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC. Stay overnight at Wyndham Garden, Washington DC Day 2: Washington – Amish Country – New York Start the day with a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded by famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery and the Kennedy family gravesite.  The next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum or the Natural History Museum when the Air and Space Museum is closed for renovation. Afterward, visit the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

DC: Monuments Tour with Optional Arlington National Cemetery

9. DC: Monuments Tour with Optional Arlington National Cemetery

Make the most of your visit to Washington, DC with this morning tour. Take in the most important and iconic monuments of the nation's capital.  If you are pressed for time, you can book the option without the morning visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Enjoy a 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city's most important monuments, meeting the tour guide in downtown Washington DC. Your journey ends around 1:30 PM at the Lincoln Memorial, which is convenient to reach the National Mall, Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, the Kennedy Center, and more. If you choose the Arlington National Cemetery option, your morning will start with a 2-hour walk through this solemn site with an expert guide. in the cemetery, you will have the opportunity to visit John F. Kennedy's grave and see the Eternal Flame lit by Jackie Kennedy over 50 years ago. Then you will continue along to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and witness the Changing of the Guard, a long-running ceremony.  Once done with your Arlington Tour, you will be picked up and taken to Downtown Washington, DC to start the next portion of your tour. You will visit many of the top sights of the city including the White House and Lincoln Memorial, with an air-conditioned coach bus to take you from one sight to the next. See the entire National Mall from the bus, learning about Washington and its history, then step out at select locations for a guided walk through the memorials. On this 5-hour tour you will see all of DC's most important sites and understand their significance.

DC Highlights with Entry to Arlington National Cemetery

10. DC Highlights with Entry to Arlington National Cemetery

Experience Washington DC and Arlington, Virginia on this 6-hour tour. Start your tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial with your personal guide and visit DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments with 10 to 15 minutes at each stop.    Visit the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House and make stops at the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. In addition, experience a narrated trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery. The tour of Arlington National Cemetery includes weekday stops near the Ord and Weitzel Gate to see President John F. Kennedy’s grave site, the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, the U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's grave site, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Arlington House. Weekend service includes stops near Sections 55 and 60, as well as the September 11th Memorial. The tour ends at Arlington National Cemetery.  

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What people are saying about Arlington National Cemetery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,180 reviews

The experience was great. The surprise when we finished was better, hey stopped to show us Manhattan in the night, the best views! The experience worth it and you have time to see the most important of Washington. Harold the guide was friendly and new a lot about history. I would repeat again.

Our guide and driver were great and the coach was clean and comfortable. The tour ran 3 hours instead of 2.5 so it was late when we returned. Maybe skip the drive to Arlington because it was too dark to see anything there anyway. I would use this tour service again.

The guide was very informative and always accompanied the group at the stops, helping them to take pictures and giving extra information when requested.

A great way to see the most popular sites and a lot of history to be told. Definitely wear good walking shoes!

Tram was a must for getting to see all the special areas.