What to See at Arlington National Cemetery

May 28, 2021

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.