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Arlington National Cemetery Security & Meeting Point

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Arlington National Cemetery has recently installed new security procedures. We're trying out best to make it clear on where exactly to meet your guide if you reserved our Arlington National Cemetery walking tour.


  • Please be prepared for:
    • ID Check for Adults ( all persons over the age of 16 must have government issued ID and international guests must have passport)
    • Bag Check -you will need to have your bag open and ready for inspection. Prohibited items include:
      • FIREARMS
      • KNIVES (blades more than 3-inches in length)
    • There will be an express lane for guests who have no bags.

You may want to look into luggage storage before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery if you're travelling with large bags.


There are no restroom breaks on the tour itself. While there are toilets at one of the stops it may require you to miss some of the tour. We highly encourage guests to use the toilets inside the Visitor Center, after security, before the tour.


Your guide will be waiting at the benches outside the Visitor Center, after security. Please allow additional time to go through security. The tour will begin at 10am (or whatever time specified on your reservation).

We request guests arrive 10 minutes prior to check in with the guide. Watch the video below to see where to enter the security at Visitor Center and where to meet your guide.



Due to the security procedures the meeting area may be crowded. Please use these tips to find your guide:

  • All guides wear orange shirts/jackets and nametags. Look for this first!
  • If you still cannot find the guide and you are there before the tour starts, check your email for the guide's contact number. Please text them as we can answer texts faster than calls. If you reserved within 24 hours, you won't have this email so text our office at 202-370-1830 to get the guide's number.
  • If you are running late for the tour, we cannot delay the tour start. The group is usually at the meeting point for a few minutes after the tour start to go over logistics and background. Afterwards, the group will continue into the cemetery. The first stop is along Roosevelt Drive (map below).

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: January 19th, 2023
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