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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mttaylor9
Baltimore, Maryland
"Awesome or Just OK depending on your guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2019 NEW
We visited Arlington National Cemetery on Christmas Eve.I wanted to take the kids to see how much we have to be thankful for and thought that this tour would really open their eyes. I had done it years ago with my wife but this trip was different as we were able to experience it through the eyes of our 12 and 15 year old children. The Tour is a narrated trolley tour through the cemetery. It was very cold so we didn't get off of the bus besides to see the changing of the guard which I highly recommend every person see at least once in their lives. The first portion of the tour was really not great. Our guide was hard to understand and didn't speak clearly into the microphone. either he was tired, mad that he was working on Christmas Eve or just a bad guide. After the changing of the guard though we had a new guide in a new trolley. This guy (Abdul Rachman) was AMAZING. I almost wanted to take another loop around with him and the kids agreed. So, if you have a bad guide, hop off the trolley. Take a walk around and get on the next one. When you are paying for a trio and an education the guide is super important and Mr. Rachman was fantastic. The other guy, shouldn't be a guide at all.
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tvlmama721
Salt Lake City, Utah
"convenient but lack of communication about route"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2019 NEW
Paid the $15/person to save time and our tired feet (from previous long days of walking around DC). Thought it would be easier to cover the large area in the trolley. We went on Sunday and expected to have the additional "weekend" stops that were shown on our brochure. We were disappointed when 2 of the 4 regular stops (Arlington House and Iwo Jima) were closed/unavailable and felt like we should have been told about that prior to purchasing our tickets. After the Kennedy & Unknown soldier stops they announced the tour was concluding back at the Welcome Center. We were confused why they had skipped the additional weekend stops, especially since we only got half of the stops on the regular portion. When we got off the trolley we asked the guide about the "weekend" stops. He told us he could take us on that portion "if we wanted to go." Yes, we wanted to go...we thought that was what we paid for. We ended up with a private tour of those but felt badly that the others were not offered it also... and for only 2 of the 4 stops I would not have paid $15 if we had been told in advance that the tour was limited. Also had the same complaints about vague announcements "to your left you will see......" which needed more exact info to be able to find it among a sea of similar looking objects before whizzing past that spot in the trolley. We went in January off-season so had no trouble getting seats on the next trolley after getting off but imagine in high tourist season this could be an issue.
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SkateGirl314
Cumberland, Rhode Island
"Don't waste your money!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2019 NEW
We were told the tour would be about an hour and a half. We purchased tickets than proceeded to wait 15 minutes for a trolley to arrive. Once one arrived we boarded the trolley then sat waiting for 25 minutes before leaving! There was no communication as to why it was taking so long. We got off at the first stop since the driver said trolleys run every 15 minutes. We should have known better, the next trolley came and didn't have enough seats, and the trolley staff at the stop said she didn't know when the next trolley would be coming so we ended up walking through the cemetery. Do yourself a favor and save your money and walk the cemetery on your own.
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Ipkiss1066
Lincoln, United Kingdom
"Overwhelming"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 04, 2019 NEW
Wasn't quite sure what to expect but was astonished at how respectful and organised it was. However, some staff were not friendly nor approachable which is why this isn't getting an 'excellent' review. You can either walk the grounds which are huge or take the trolley. The whole area is beautifully clean and landscaped immaculately. The outstanding discipline displayed during the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was mind blowing and is a must-see. You can exit the cemetery and walk to the Iwo Jima memorial, the trolley has a stop near by. Wish I'd spent longer here.
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Tommy101369
Westville, New Jersey
"The trolley service is horrible."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 29, 2018 NEW
Unbelievable! The service is slow at best. Over an hour just to board the trolley! The next time I’ll drive or walk.
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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.