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Washington DC: Arlington National Cemetery Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Babylon Tours DC

Washington DC: Arlington National Cemetery Walking Tour

Activity provider: Babylon Tours DC

From US$ 83.74 per person

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the largest and most famous military cemetery in the USA - the final resting place for many of America’s greatest heroes. Your guide will share its stories, history and secrets.

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Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Private group


  • Enjoy a guided highlights tour with a personal touch
  • See the Tomb of the Unknowns where you may even witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Visit the gravesite of John F. Kennedy
  • See the memorials to the Space Shuttles Columbia and Challenger
  • Choose between Semi-Private group or Private tour options
Full description

Take a guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for many of America's greatest heroes. Learn about the historical and political background of the cemetery as you explore this sobering reminder of the realities of war.

During the tour, see Arlington House — the home of General Robert E. Lee — and its grounds. Admire the eternal flame at the tomb of President John F. Kennedy. Learn about the soldier Audie Murphy — one of the most decorated American combat soldiers in World War II.

Discover the military genius of General William Sheridan and the grave of famed boxer Joe Louis. Visit the Tomb of the Unknowns, where you may even witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Hear about more modern memorials to the victims of the space shuttles Columbia and Challenge, and find out the story behind the mast of the U.S.S. Maine.

At the end of your tour, you'll be thankful to your guide for helping you navigate a cemetery set over 624 acres, featuring the graves of 300,000 veterans of every American conflict, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Professional, local guide
  • 2.5-hour walking tour
  • Private or small group tour of no more than 10 people
  • Wheelchair tours (by request only)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please bring valid photo ID
  • Visitors aged 16 years of age or older without proper identification will not be admitted to Arlington National Cemetery and no refunds will be issued
  • A maximum of 10 people are permitted on each tour
  • The semi-private tours will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, you will be provided with an alternative route covering most of highlights on the tour. In these cases, the local operator is unable to provide refunds or discounts
  • No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour
  • Due to increased security measures, some attractions can’t be visited from the inside
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Our tour guide Leigh was extremely knowledgeable and made our experience fascinating. We learned about the tombstones, war heroes, changing of the guards/tomb of the unknown, house of Robert E. Lee, and much, much more. Leigh answered all of our questions. We definitely would not have had the same experience if we didn’t have such an informative guide. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

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June 13, 2021

The guided walking tour was fantastic. Our guide Amanda was knowledgeable and made sure we arrived in time for the changing of the guard, and even told us the best vantage spot to take photos. She introduced us to a few of the residents again providing insight into their individual stories. Arlington itself is an amazing space, reverent and serene. This tour paid homage to the space very well.

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January 8, 2020

April 21, 2022

Product ID: 128001