Arlington National Cemetery

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Dutchnatasja on June 16, 2008

I just returned from a great trip to Washington/Arlington. It’s been a while, at least ten years, when I first visited Arlington National Cemetery. This year I had the opportunity to go back. The best thing you can do is to go to the visitor center and get a map. It’s a huge cemetery (more than 300.000 people are buried here)and with a map you can easily find everything you want to see. Arlington National Cemetery is fascinated en I found it again very impressive. The rows of marble headstones, the thousands of graves, endless to the horizon. So peaceful and so serene.

We walked around, before we came to the Eternal Flame. This is the gravesite of John F. Kennedy and his familiy. Everyone was all quiet in respect and honor. It was a remarkable experience. We just stood there for a while. I was in Dallas last October where he was shot and a half year later I was standing at his gravesite. It was a remarkable expierence. After a while we decided to move on. We walked to the Arlington House. Standing in front of the house, you’ll have great views from the yard. Walk down to the left and take a few stairs down; here you’ll find an ‘overlook point’. Views of the grave yard and in the distance the city of Washington.

We walked around for a while and went finally to the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. Three unknown soldiers are buried here and is guarded by the U.S. Army (for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year). After a great walk along the graves, we walked back to our car.

I can highly recommend Arlington Cemetery to everyone who appreciates history. Arlington national cemetery is a moving place to visit, with a lot of history!


Open from 8 a.m. 365 days a year

$1.75/hour for the first three hours $2.00/hour thereafter
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia, 22211
(703) 607-8000

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