Perhaps the most famous cemtery in the U.S.A the Arlington National Cemetery can be found at the West End of the Memorial Bridge in Arlington, Virginia just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. It is the final resting place of hundreds of thousands of service men and women who died fighting for the U.S.A. Personnel from every war that the U.S has been involved in are represented here from the Revolutionary War up to the most recent struggles in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Things to Do
- If you plan on taking a tour around the Cemetery then head to the Cemetery Visitor's Center first. Here you can pick up maps, guidebooks and view exhibits about the Cemetery's history.
- You can walk around yourself or take the interpretive tour. With the interpretive tour you will be led to a number of the most important sites like the Kennedy gravesites and The Tomb of the Unkown Soldier.
Arlington National Cemetery Insider Tips
- However you decide to explore the 624 acre site make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes and set aside a good few hours so you don't have to rush.
- You may only drive into the Cemetery itself if you are handicapped or travelling with a handicapped person or if you are attending a service or a private gravesite. There is a large parking garage where you can park or alternatively you can arrive at the site by Metro, bus or on foot.
- The Cemetery is open all year round including the 25th of December. From April through to September it is open from 8.00 a.m until 7.00 p.m, while from October through to March it is open from 8.00 a.m until 5.00 p.m