Arlington National Cemetery Tour in Arlington, VA

Historic Tours of America1 Memorial AveArlington, VA 22211
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This 45-60 minute loop tour of Arlington National Cemetery gives you a glimpse into the tribute to those who dedicated their lives defending our nation. Over the past 150 years, more than 400,000 military men, women, and families have been laid to rest with honor at Arlington Cemetery. During your tour, you’ll also have the honor to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Arlington Travel Experts
  • The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes long.
  • The tour makes 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.
  • Hop on and off the tour, as you please.
  • Your tour guide will discuss the cemetery’s history, notable graves, and more.


from Arlington National Cemetery Tour
It has been more than 150 years since the first military funeral took place at Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, more than 400,000 military service men, women and their families have been laid to rest here.

Among them, Presidents, astronauts and Supreme Court justices. As you tour these hallowed grounds, you may have the opportunity to witness a funeral taking place; each day there are between 27 and 30 services being held. The sight of a flag-draped coffin or the sound of Taps being played in the distance are just some of the moving moments you may experience while visiting.

Now, you can make the most of your time by touring Arlington aboard Old Town Trolley’s Arlington National Cemetery Tours. Our special tour will transport you through the cemetery, stopping at the most important points of interest and making a 45-minute continuous loop. You’ll have a chance to disembark at 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends and explore the many acres, view the headstones and feel the immense sense of patriotism that these men and women exhibited while defending the freedom and ideals of America.

Some of the most significant sights you’ll see include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard, the Arlington House, The Civil War Unknowns Monument, the Vietnam, World War I and World War II Memorial Trees, the Confederate Memorial and the memorials to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia. You’ll also have the chance to view the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family, President William Taft and Alexander Haig, among others. Along the way, your tour guide will share intriguing history and facts about Arlington. While here, be sure to make note of the numerous monuments and dedicated trees that pay tribute to special individuals and events that are such an important part of our nation’s history. A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is one that will never be forgotten—like the memory of the men and women who valiantly gave their lives in service.

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Granite Shoals, Texas
"Thousands honoring our fallen heroes "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018 NEW
Six of our family layed wreaths on headstones at Arlington National cemetery on December 15. Several thousand people attended, it is quite moving to see the number that honored our fallen heroes. We stood in the rain and walked on the wet grass up and down the hills For us it's an annual event, I would like to think we are Patriots
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Cabalera T
"Family visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
The guide in the first trolley we rode was so bored,it was all he could do to talk.....he also pointed out mostly African American people no one has heard of....needs to find another job…..the second trolley was manned by a gentleman who actually knew what he was talking about,and seemed interested......sadly,the Custis Lee Mansion was closed,so that was a major disappointment.
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"Waste of money - just walk"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2018 NEW
Arrived 2.50pm - told buses leave every 15min, buy ticket and then get told they leave every 20min. 3pm bus is full so pile onto the next bus and wait 20min until it’s full and time to leave (could have easily walked to JFK burial site) Tour guide tells us if we don’t get off at JFK we won’t make it back in time before the cemetery closes to see it later. We disembark for a quick look hoping to make the next bus and make it to the final guard change at the tomb of the unknown soldier at 4pm. Next bus turns up full, 2 people get off which means only room for 2 to get on - there are about 40 people waiting by this time. We suggest to the guide who has a walkie talkie that they send an empty bus for all of us to get to the guard change in time (being the last of the day). She says she will but then looks bewildered and confused as to what to do - does nothing pro-active about helping the tens of people to get there in time. She tells us it’s a 10min walk, by which time it’s now 3.45pm. We sprint our way along with a few other families and make it. After the guard change there are no further buses within site and around 100people leaving so we walk back to the entry and leave the park. What an absolute waste of the $13.50 US we’ve paid. I would NOT recommend this company at all to anyone - just walk.
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Atlanta, Georgia
"Very well run and a great way to tour the cemetery!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018
My friends and I recently visited the National Cemetery and we took the trolley tour. It was very affordable and a great way to see the cemetery. You can hop on/hop off at different stops and see the entire cemetery. The trolley specifically stops at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and JFK’s grave. The cemetery is awe-inspiring and is simply not to be missed when you are visiting DC/Virginia.
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Chicago, Illinois
"An unexpected moving tour."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018
I had been to Arlington Cemetery years ago, and wanted to return on November 7th, just prior to the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. The tour was well planned, well paced, and the guides were knowledgeable. It was a very favorable experience on a mild fall day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arlington National Cemetery Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes long.

When are tours offered?
Tours are available on the following schedule:

  • October – March: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Last tour departs at 4:00 pm*.
  • April – September: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Last tour departs at 6:00 pm.
*October – March: The last red loop Old Town Trolley will leave stop #11 (Lincoln Memorial) at 4:30 pm to pick-up guests from ANC at 4:45 pm and return them to stop #11.

Where does the tour depart from?
Tours depart from the Welcome Center.

What languages are the tours in?
The tour is in English.

Is the tour narrated?
Yes. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about our nation’s capital along with captivating history and stories.

How many stops are on the tour?
The tour has 7 stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.

Do I need a reservation?
Yes. We strongly encourage you make a reservation to ensure you have a seat on the tour.

I have a wheelchair and would like to take it on the tour. Do I need to make other arrangements?
If you would like a wheelchair-accessible trolley, we ask that you call at least 24 hours in advance to give us notice and allow us to make accommodations for you. For more information, go to accessibility services.

Is there a place for me to put my stroller?
We have room for strollers and folding wheelchairs at the front of our trolleys.

Are food and drinks allowed on the tour?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Are your trolleys open-air?
Our trolleys are equipped with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. They also have roofs to protect passengers from the elements.

Are your trolleys air-conditioned?
No. The trolleys are open-air vehicles with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. With the cold nighttime air and temperatures, it is recommended that passengers bring a jacket.

Are the trolleys heated?
Yes. During the wintertime, we use heated trolleys that are glass-enclosed specifically for the colder weather.