Arlington National Cemetery Tour with Changing of the Guards

Experience the final resting place of America's most distinguished heroes
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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Photos & Highlights
  • Join an engaging, local expert at the top of their field in American history as you explore Arlington National Cemetery
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Tour Description
Your tour begins at Arlington National Cemetery, the nation’s most hallowed grounds offering stunning views of the Potomac River and the nation's capital. Here, you will explore the vast park and be immersed in reflection of the importance of honoring those who have served and the meaning of their ultimate sacrifice. 

As you make your way through the cemetery, your expert guide will share valuable insights on the history of these grounds. You will then arrive at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the viewing of the Changing of the Guards. This showing of national pride is truly one of the most iconic and moving ceremonies in the world. 

Following the ceremony, your guide will accompany you through the cemetery's most important sections. One of the most visited and revered sites in the cemetery that you will visit is the Kennedy family plot. By the end of this two-hour tour, your expert will have guided you to a deeper knowledge of this sacred space – and the many historical figures who are laid to rest there.
  • It's your first time in Washington DC and you are seeking a deeper knowledge of our nation's military and cultural history
  • You’re a returning visitor and want to go deeper into the importance of this sacred resting place and learn the stories of those buried here
  • Arlington National Cemetery – Cemetery where thousands of military veterans, including many notable figures and their gravesites are honored
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – A monument dedicated to honoring unidentified soldiers who died in war, symbolizing the broader sacrifice of all unknown soldiers
  • JFK Gravesite –  Final resting place of President John F. Kennedy, an eternal flame, and that of his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and their two children
  • You must bring a form of identification for all persons 16 years of age and older or else you will not be granted entrance to Arlington National Cemetery due to strict security.
Wheelchair accessibility
  • Arlington National Cemetery does not offer wheelchair rentals. However, there are businesses in the DC area that rent wheelchairs and scooters. They recommend that visitors in wheelchairs be accompanied by someone to assist them.
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I have mobility issues. Can I still do the tour?
This is best decided on an individual-to-individual basis. This tour is not very accessible for clients with mobility issues. It is a walking-intensive tour and covers very hilly terrain. Although there is a lot of walking involved, you can take breaks as needed. 

I am traveling with young children. Can they do the tour?

Yes, children are welcome on the tour. However, it is important to keep in mind that the tour is two hours long and there is a lot of walking involved as well as respectful behavioral expectations during the Changing of the Guards ceremony. 

I am interested in learning more about a specific individual who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Can the tour guide help me with that?
Yes, please let us know in advance and your tour guide will help you learn more about a specific individual. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the grave of the individual you are interested in.
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We had a fantastic time with Dan. He was knowledgeable, patient and thoughtful. Would warmly recommend Dan and the tour.
We always love Context Tours! Kate did an amazing job giving us the history of Arlington Cemetery, punctuating the tour with interesting anecdotes about some of the people. She also explained the Changing of the Guard and told us all about their training. Fantastic!
Very informative, especially helpful when looking for certain gravesites. We enjoyed her chill vibe. Highly recommend!