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Arlington National Cemetery

With more than four million visitors each year to Arlington National Cemetery to honor those who served the country, start your visit at the Visitors Center where you can find guidebooks and maps. You will also find exhibits, a bookstore, bathrooms, and information services to help you navigate and plan your visit.
The Tomb of the Unknowns; also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, is located in Arlington National Cemetery and contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from WW I. The tomb is marked by six wreaths, representing the six major campaigns of WW I.


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Open every day, but hours are seasonal (8:00a.m.-7:00p.m. (April-September) 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (October-March)


  • Guided Tours
  • Visitors Center
  • Exhibits
  • Gift Shop

Parking, Directions, and Public Transit

The Metro Blue Line goes directly to the cemetery by taking the The Arlington National Cemetery Station and there is onsite parking for a small fee beginning at 8:00 am everyday. (NOTE: The parking garage closes 1 hour after the cemetery.)

The Eternal Flame

This flame is the gravesite dedicated to President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated while in office in 1963. The flame was lit on November 25th, 1963 by Jacqueline Kennedy during the president's state funeral.


  • How do I find a gravesite?

    Arlington National Cemetery has developed ANC Explorer, an application that is available across common web browsers and on mobile smart phones. This app enables veterans, family members and the public to locate gravesites; generate front and back photos of a headstone or monument; and receive directions to those locations.
  • When does the Changing of the Guard Occur?

    The guard is changed every hour on the hour Oct. 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual. From April 1 through September 30, there are more than double the opportunities to view the change because another change is added on the half hour and the cemetery closing time moves from 5 to 7 p.m.

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