Arlington National Cemetery is the tranquil resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. “Service to country” is the common thread that binds all who are honored and remembered here.
Characterized by undulating green hills dotted with trees, Arlington National Cemetery welcomes three million people annually to discover Arlington's rich history and witness the time-honored ceremonies. There are many notable memorials and grave sites including the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial, and the grave sites of John F. and Robert Kennedy. Make time to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, performed by the U.S. Honor Guard.
Tours of the cemetery are available onsite and tickets can be purchased from the visitors center. Arlington National Cemetery's app, ANC Explorer, enables families, visitors and the public to locate grave sites, events or other points of interest throughout the Cemetery; view front-and-back headstone photos and points of interest; and receive directions to these locations. The latest version also includes self-guided tours, easy access to general information, and provides the ability to save searched burial records to a mobile device.
More than 3,000 ceremonies and memorial services also take place at the cemetery each year, including national observances for Memorial Day and Veterans Day held at the Memorial Amphitheater.
Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. at the end of Memorial Avenue, the parkway which extends from Memorial Bridge, near the Lincoln Memorial. The cemetery can be accessed via the Arlington Cemetery Metro station. There is also an onsite parking lot.