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Arlington National Cemetery
An everlasting memorial for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. and stands as an everlasting memorial for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The cemetery is a sprawling 624 acres of pristine, well-manicured parkland that is the final resting place for some of the USA’s most historical figures, such as:

  • President William Taft
  • President John F. Kennedy
  • Apollo 1 astronaut Gus Grissom
  • Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee
  • Senator John Glenn

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Built in 1932, overlooking Washington D.C. is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The U.S. Army has continually guarded this site since 1937 through blizzards, rain, hurricanes, and heatwaves. Twenty four hours a day, every day of every year soldiers protect the grave site of their fallen soldiers:

The soldier marches 21 steps south, behind the tomb
Turns and faces east for 21 seconds
Turns and faces north for 21 seconds
The soldier marches 21 steps north, in front of the tomb
Turns and faces west for 21 seconds
Turns and faces south for 21 seconds

Every step, every second of their routine is perfectly choreographed to honor and respect the soldiers who paid the ultimate price.

Arlington National Cemetery is a somber place to reflect on soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the United States of America. This destination is not (generally) a hotspot for foreign tourists.

The cemetery is not an amusement park. Visitors should be respectful of the grounds as this is the final resting place for many.

Photography is allowed, but (again) please respect any funeral processions and services.

Interested in visiting Arlington National Cemetery? Travel Blogger and author of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN Sean Brown has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help make your trip a breeze.

What is the closest airport to Arlington National Cemetery?

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA) is the closest airport to Arlington National Cemetery, however Washington-Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) and Baltimore–Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI) also serve the same metro area.

What is the local currency at Arlington National Cemetery?

United States Dollar (USD)

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA 22211

Latitude: 38.878326

Longitude: -77.068672

Telephone: +1 877-907-8585

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