Arlington National Cemetery

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Pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country in the best-known military cemetery in America.

For many, the most sobering experience of their Washington is gazing across the seemingly endless rows of small, white headstones, all marked with U.S. flags. Here, in the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, the graves of veterans from America’s wars, past and present, are lined up in military precision.

Located directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery hosts around 30 funerals a day, five days a week. More than 400,000 service women and men are buried here in 70 different sections. A somber, peaceful atmosphere pervades the immaculately maintained 624-acre (252-hectare) grounds.

Unless you know exactly where you’re going, make the Visitor Center your first stop. Here you’ll find maps, guides, and have the chance to take one of the interpretive shuttle bus tours that run from the center to Arlington House, the highest point of the cemetery, which offers rewarding views across Washington. Nearby, you’ll find a monument dedicated to the unknown soldiers who died during the Civil War.

Take a moment to reflect at the cemetery’s other popular memorials. The gravesite of John Fitzgerald Kennedy — marked with an eternal flame — and his wife Jacqueline are two of the most visited graves. Other popular sites are the September 11 Memorials, the Lockerbie Cairn and the Pentagon Group Burial Marker, and Section 46, where the seven astronauts from the ill-fated space shuttle Challenger are memorialized.

Many American heroes who didn’t serve in the military are honored with a burial at Arlington, including heavyweight boxer Joe Louis, novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart and inventor George Westinghouse. Behind Arlington House you’ll find the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, which hosts state funerals and Memorial Day Services.

The Arlington National Cemetery is open to visitors every day of the year. It is just over two miles (three kilometers) from downtown, over the Arlington Memorial Bridge. It is an easy trip by bus. Alternatively, you can walk across the bridge, which is immediately adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial. The cemetery grounds are extensive though, so some prefer to have a car to get around once there.

Top Hotels Close to Arlington National Cemetery

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA
The price is $84 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arlington National Cemetery, Fashion Center at Pentagon City, and Pentagon. Fort Myer and Tomb ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,537 reviews)
"I had a pleasant stay at the hotel and was especially well taken care of by Mariella and Kobe at the Front Desk and Matthew the engineer was very helpful and kind to upgrade my room when my TV was not working."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
4 out of 5
300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA
The price is $93 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Located in Crystal City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arlington National Cemetery and Pentagon. Washington Monument and Ford's Theater are also within ...
4/5 Very Good! (965 reviews)
"great stay."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
3 out of 5
1522 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
The price is $109 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Embassy of Australia and White House. George Washington University and Walter E. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"I really loved how clean it was and how nice all the workers were. The breakfast was also really good and I enjoyed my stay a lot!"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

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Best Lodging Options Near Arlington National Cemetery

Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
2.5 out of 5
1501 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA
The price is $70 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA
The price is $84 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
4 out of 5
300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA
The price is $93 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
3 out of 5
1522 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
The price is $109 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport
3.5 out of 5
1393 S Eads Street, GPS: 1402 S. Eads Street, Arlington, VA
The price is $109 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport
The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel
5 out of 5
2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is $280 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
The Watergate Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
5 out of 5
1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA
The price is $199 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf
Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf
3.5 out of 5
725 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC
The price is $136 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC
The price is $179 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Hotel Washington
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