Arlington National Cemetery Tour
This page provides details of our free Arlington National Cemetery Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.
- Tour Description
- Sights Covered
- Meeting Point and Schedule
- Security Information
- GPS enabled Self-Guided Tour
- Other Free DC Tours
- Things to Do in Washington DC
Join us on our Arlington National Cemetery Tour as we take a walk through American history and honor our nation’s military and war heroes.
This walking tour includes stops at President JFK’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where you will witness the time-honored tradition of the Changing of Guard Ceremony, and Arlington House – the home and National Memorial of General Robert E. Lee.
Our guides know the cemetery well enough that we can reroute the tour as needed to make sure you don’t miss the historic sights, but we can also give respect and privacy as needed to services.
We don’t just show you the sites: we tell you the stories. Come along on this family-friendly tour of one of this nation’s most sacred grounds.
Read what the Washington Post has to say about our tour.
- 3rd Regiment Tomb Guards
- Changing of the Guard
- Memorial Amphitheater
- Arlington House (due to renovations, this will be viewed from afar)
- President Kennedy’s Grave
- Grave sites of Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy
- Eligibility Rules for Burials
- and much more
Check out our Guide to Visiting Arlington National Cemetery to find out more of what you might see and learn about on a tour with us, as well as directions and a self-guided option.
Reservations are required.
ARLINGTON CEMETERY TOUR DETAILS:
WHERE: Tour departs from outside the Women in Military Service Memorial (MAP), after security, at 10 am. Look for your guide in orange by the benches. We are unaffiliated with any desk inside the Visitor Center, so please don’t look for us there.
Duration: Approx. 2.25 hours and 1.5 miles. Includes uphill walking and stairs.
Security at Arlington National Cemetery sometimes depends on the day but you will need to go through a bag check.
Prohibited items include:
- 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 traveling with large bags.
Your guide will be waiting at the benches outside the Visitor Center, after security. Please allow additional time to go through security.
Watch the video below to see where to enter the security at the Visitor Center and where to meet your guide.
GPS Enabled Self Guided Tour of Arlington Cemetery
Can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them on a GPS enabled app.
We have partnered with Atlantis Audio Tours to provide you with a convenient way to experience our tours.
Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.
Here is how it works:
- Book an Audio Tour on our Booking Page
- Receive a confirmation email with a .mp3, .pdf, and embeddable Google Map
- Enjoy the tour(s)!
Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing.
Listen to a sample of our Arlington National Cemetery Tour.
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