Arlington National Cemetery Tour in Arlington, VA

Historic Tours of America1 Memorial AveArlington, VA 22211
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Overview

This 45-60 minute loop tour of Arlington National Cemetery gives you a glimpse into the tribute to those who dedicated their lives defending our nation. Over the past 150 years, more than 400,000 military men, women, and families have been laid to rest with honor at Arlington Cemetery. During your tour, you’ll also have the honor to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Arlington Travel Experts
  • The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes long.
  • The tour makes 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.
  • Hop on and off the tour, as you please.
  • Your tour guide will discuss the cemetery’s history, notable graves, and more.

Description

from Arlington National Cemetery Tour
It has been more than 150 years since the first military funeral took place at Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, more than 400,000 military service men, women and their families have been laid to rest here.

Among them, Presidents, astronauts and Supreme Court justices. As you tour these hallowed grounds, you may have the opportunity to witness a funeral taking place; each day there are between 27 and 30 services being held. The sight of a flag-draped coffin or the sound of Taps being played in the distance are just some of the moving moments you may experience while visiting.

Now, you can make the most of your time by touring Arlington aboard Old Town Trolley’s Arlington National Cemetery Tours. Our special tour will transport you through the cemetery, stopping at the most important points of interest and making a 45-minute continuous loop. You’ll have a chance to disembark at 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends and explore the many acres, view the headstones and feel the immense sense of patriotism that these men and women exhibited while defending the freedom and ideals of America.

Some of the most significant sights you’ll see include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard, the Arlington House, The Civil War Unknowns Monument, the Vietnam, World War I and World War II Memorial Trees, the Confederate Memorial and the memorials to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia. You’ll also have the chance to view the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family, President William Taft and Alexander Haig, among others. Along the way, your tour guide will share intriguing history and facts about Arlington. While here, be sure to make note of the numerous monuments and dedicated trees that pay tribute to special individuals and events that are such an important part of our nation’s history. A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is one that will never be forgotten—like the memory of the men and women who valiantly gave their lives in service.

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ericmH6412RC
"Lines are out of control "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2019 NEW
Handicap people get no help here at ANC. The line monitors do not do there job. I was trying to get my handicapped people on the tram and the line monitors did not control the line. we were first in the line and their were not enough seats for the seven of us. People ran around us and took our seats. Handicapped people this tram service with screw you. No one cares or does their jobs.
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Nea73
Temple, Georgia
"Surprised by Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 05, 2019 NEW
I didn't ANC had this Tour. At first it was misleading, thinking it cost to go in Cemetery. The prices are a bit high. We got a military discount, but at cashier didn't offer me one. I guess she thought females couldn't serve. Parking = 5 Stars and yes it cost also. Bathrooms = 4 Stars Price = 3 Stars Must See = 5 Stars - Yes!!!!!
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lisalI2592HG
Whittier, California
"So glad I did this "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2019 NEW
Am not sure if or when I’ll make it back to DC so I had to see Arlington. I thought it was farther away but not at all. It was a beautiful experience. It was a memorable moment to honor those who have fought for our freedom. The tour was super informative and narrated by retired military. Very safe. We brought our 11 year old who is mature enough to respect the environment and be silent where necessary. She also did not take photos out of respect. I would absolutely do this again. With a box of Kleenex.
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Havepursewilltravel
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Disappointing and Misleading (not a tour)"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 27, 2019
Arlington National Cemetery is a place which should be shown great reverence. As my Father was a WWII Veteran, I wanted to finally see this place of honor. Getting there was quite easy by bus - which dropped us off in the front of the main museum/facility. The museum and Welcome Center building was very nice and had many things to read and interact with within the lobby area. Restrooms were readily available and very clean. There were quite a few people(some military) there to assist with questions. There is a ticketing desk at which to buy your shuttle bus tours. The cost is $15 per person and for what was received is $15 to high. As we went in the off season(February), there were no crowds and seating on the buses was plentiful. Based on what we were told at the Welcome Center the tour shuttles would take us to many points of interest including the JFK and Iwo Jima Memorials and many spots between. What we quickly came to find out is that for almost every stop, we were dropped off many hundreds of yards away from each point of interest, in a very confusing layout. I will point out that this was not necessary as all of the spots can be driven up to directly. As you can imagine, this was discouraging after all of the walking done at the National Mall and other memorial areas. The final insult was the drop off for the Iwo Jima Monument...or so we were told. The driver stopped the bus and told us that Iwo Jima was just over there...waving his hand indiscriminately in all directions. We took about 15 minutes looking in all directions and could not find the spot. After finding a structure, we knocked and were told by a rather indignant military man that the Monument was not actually in the Arlington Cemetery but rather outside of it on the perimeter. We then were ushered out of the Arlington Property area(with the feeling we could not return) and walked to the memorial(which is wonderful). Being thoroughly frustrated, we did not attempt to go back into the Cemetery but went on to lunch. Arlington National Cemetery is a must see for every American. It is a place of honor and storied history. We did enjoy seeing it but the experience was tarnished by this tour. @Havepursewilltravel DOES NOT RECOMMEND
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HungryJaks
Melbourne, Australia
"Wow!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 24, 2019
Arlington Cemetery was such a humbling place to visit. The grounds, the history - incredible. Our tour was excellent and I highly recommend taking this more private option. Must see the changing of the guards...truly memorable.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arlington National Cemetery Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes long.

When are tours offered?
Tours are available on the following schedule:

  • October – March: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Last tour departs at 4:00 pm*.
  • April – September: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Last tour departs at 6:00 pm.
*October – March: The last red loop Old Town Trolley will leave stop #11 (Lincoln Memorial) at 4:30 pm to pick-up guests from ANC at 4:45 pm and return them to stop #11.

Where does the tour depart from?
Tours depart from the Welcome Center.

What languages are the tours in?
The tour is in English.

Is the tour narrated?
Yes. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about our nation’s capital along with captivating history and stories.

How many stops are on the tour?
The tour has 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.

Do I need a reservation?
Yes. We strongly encourage you make a reservation to ensure you have a seat on the tour.

I have a wheelchair and would like to take it on the tour. Do I need to make other arrangements?
If you would like a wheelchair-accessible trolley, we ask that you call at least 24 hours in advance to give us notice and allow us to make accommodations for you. For more information, go to accessibility services.

Is there a place for me to put my stroller?
We have room for strollers and folding wheelchairs at the front of our trolleys.

Are food and drinks allowed on the tour?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Are your trolleys open-air?
Our trolleys are equipped with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. They also have roofs to protect passengers from the elements.

Are your trolleys air-conditioned?
No. The trolleys are open-air vehicles with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. With the cold nighttime air and temperatures, it is recommended that passengers bring a jacket.

Are the trolleys heated?
Yes. During the wintertime, we use heated trolleys that are glass-enclosed specifically for the colder weather.