When you ask a local about what to see in Arlington, you will receive a variety of information based on who you ask. So, we asked several people and wrote out a list of the top sites to see and visit in Arlington. The top choice was Arlington National Cemetery where over 400,000 United States soldiers/veterans are buried from these wars: World Wars I and II, Iraq and Afghanistan, Korean Vietnam, the Cold War. Even the remains of the American Civil War veterans are found here. Admission is completely free. There are multiple funerals held here on most weekdays. Be sure not to miss JFK’s grave site along with those of his children. The seven astronauts of Space Shuttle Challenger are also found here. There is much to see and explore. Be prepared to do a lot of walking as the property extends over 600 acres. Plan to spend a day or even two at the cemetery, especially if you are looking for specific grave sites for genealogy purposes. At the welcome center, you will find an option to take a bus tour to some of the most popular sites on the grounds. See some of those historical memories in the making below.
On which two days is Arlington Cemetery the busiest? It is estimated that over 100,000 people visit each year on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.
Top 5 Things to Do: Arlington National Cemetery
- Visit the grave site of JFK. Here you will see the eternal flame lit at the grave site upon burial by his brother and wife. This is not to be missed.
- Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument to honor the soldiers who died for their country, yet their remains were never located.
- Witness the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The monument is guarded at all times and the guards of the 3rd Infantry change out regularly. See the welcome center for times of this change.
- Check out the Memorial Amphitheater which many call the official ceremony site for Memorial Day. The amphitheater holds 5000 people for ceremonies held on Easter, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Be sure to get tickets in advance.
- Walk through the Memorial Arboretum at Arlington National Cemetery. The space has decorative mature trees and gorgeous landscape to house tombstones representing those who served the United States of America
Transportation to Arlington
Which airport is best if visiting Arlington National Cemetery?
The closest airport is Reagan National.
Flights — If you choose to fly, use Reagan National Airport, which is the closest to the cemetery grounds.
Can I take the Amtrak train directly to Arlington National Cemetery?
Train — Amtrak does have three stops in Arlington. You will want to take the one called BWI MARC Rail Station which is a little less than 30 miles from the cemetery entrance.
Can I take the Metro to get to Arlington National Cemetery?
Yes, the Metrorail Blue Line will drop you off at Memorial Avenue right across from the entrance to the Welcome Center.
Metro Public Transportation — Yes you can take the Metrorail line to get to the cemetery. Choose the Blue Line of WMATA’s Metrorail system
From New York City to Arlington — When traveling from New York City, take Tripper Bus from 254 W 31 St New York, NY 10001, the North East corner of 31 St between 7th and 8th Ave, (outside of Penn Station) closer to 8th Ave, the opposite side of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ.
The bus will drop you at 1901 N. Moore Street Arlington, VA 22209. It is a 5 minute Lyft or Uber ride from there to the front entrance of the cemetery.