Arlington National Cemetery is just one of many tourists’ attractions in the USA. Located in Arlington, Virginia, this noted landmark serves as the resting ground and the memorial to the valiant war heroes of America. Arlington National Cemetery is estimated to have 4 million visitors setting foot at the place annually, who attend graveside services as well as special ceremonies in order to give tribute to historical figures and war veterans.
This military cemetery was established at the time of American Civil War in the former family estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the Arlington House. Buried in the expanse of 624 acres or 253 hectares of Arlington National Cemetery are more than 330,000 famous Americans and American Servicemen including Presidents John F. Kennedy and Howard Taft. From the American Civil War to the Military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, military casualties have been buried in this cemetery. To date, there are approximately 27 to 30 graveyard funerals held in the cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown or Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers on a hill overlooking the great area of Washington DC. The tomb contains the soldiers’ remains during the 1st and 2nd world war, Vietnam and Korean War for which this tomb is dedicated for, guarded 24 hours every day.
Arlington National Cemetery is specifically situated at the Memorial Bridge’ west end across the Potomac River of Arlington, Virginia. If you are planning to visit the place, it is best that you take the Metro through the Arlington Memorial Cemetery Station to get to the cemetery. In addition, you can also take an express bus if your current location is the National Mall, or walking across the Memorial Bridge will also take you to your destination. Arlington National Cemetery is not only popular among the locals but it is also one of the most popular stop for almost every sightseeing tours of Washington DC.
The only day Arlington National Cemetery is closed is on December 25, while everyone can feel a different serene and amazing experience anytime and any day for the rest of the year. From April through September, the Cemetery is open for the public from 8 AM until 7 PM, while it is open for the public from 8 AM to 5 PM during months of October through March.
Arlington National Cemetery Tours
There are quite a number of things you can do in your visit at Arlington National Cemetery. To start with, there is the Cemetery Visitors Center wherein you can find guidebooks, maps, exhibits, a bookstore, as well as restrooms. You may either walk on your own at the ground or take one of the interpretative shuttles running from the Visitors Center through the Arlington House, which is situated at the top of the highest point of the Cemetery, and back. This would cost $8.75 each person. Since this is such an expansive ground, it might be best that you wear your most comfortable walking shoes. Keep in mind that driving is not allowed in Arlington National Cemetery except for a handicapped visitor, those visiting private grave sites, and attending burials but provided they carry a special permit.