Arlington National CemeteryThe location of the United State's national military cemetery was chosen during the Civil War. Arlington was the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee, who happened to be Martha Washington's great-grand-daughter. It's across the Potomac River in Virginia with a view of the Lincoln Memorial. The cemetery is active with burials-about 3,000 each year. It's also a tourist attraction, drawing visitors who want to pay respects at the graves of famous and important American's including President Kennedy.
Hours -Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April through September; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through March. Parking garage close 1 hour after the cemetery's closing hour.
Prices -Parking is $1.75/hour for the first 3 hours, and $2.50/hour after that. Bus tours by Martz Gray Line are $8.75 for adults, $4.50 for children (ages 3 to 11), $7.75 for seniors.
- Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Amphitheater, 11 a.m.
- Changing of the Guard Ritual
- Wreath Layings
- 21-Gun Salute
- Get oriented at the Welcome Center
- Visit the Tomb of the Unknowns
- Watch the Changing of the Guard
- Explore the 32 monuments and memorials
- Make a purchase at the Welcome