McClellan Gate, with rows of white marble headstones in the background

Arlington National Cemetery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

►  UPDATE: July 29, 2021

Effective July 29, 2021 the DoD has directed that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor settings at Department of Defense installations and facilities in areas of substantial or high transmission, as defined by the CDC, to protect against rising COVID-19 cases. This applies to all service members, federal personnel, contractors, and visitors when indoors at all properties owned by the Department in those areas, in accordance with updated CDC guidelines. All defense personnel should continue to comply with CDC guidance regarding areas where masks should be worn. The Department will review and revise all applicable Force Health Protection guidance to address the new CDC guidelines. 

Specifically, all ANC family pass holders, funeral attendees and visitors must wear a mask when inside the Welcome Center; Administration Building; all restrooms; the Women’s Memorial, Arlington House mansion and out buildings; the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room and in all funeral services at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall chapels.

►  UPDATE: July 14, 2021

Fully vaccinated employees, contractors, visitors and family members are no longer required to wear face coverings while in the cemetery, to include the Welcome Center and other indoor facilities. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask indoors and when they are in close contact (six feet or less) of others. 

►  UPDATE May 24, 2021

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is announcing several further developments in its ongoing efforts to fully reopen its services and sites. The expanded activities and protocols are highlighted below. 

On the Grounds of ANC

  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President John F. Kennedy’s Gravesite are now fully open, with freely moving pedestrian traffic patterns.
  • The exhibits in Memorial Amphitheater the Welcome Center are now open. 
  • The Memorial Amphitheater "bowl" (the outdoor portion of the Amphitheater) remains closed for restoration work.
  • The Welcome Center Bookstore has resumed indoor operations.
  • The Ord and Weitzel gate (near the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial) is now open.

Visitor Screening

  • Visitor screening will continue to be conducted either inside or outside the Welcome Center. ANC would like to remind visitors entering the cemetery through other than official access points is considered trespassing and is a federal offense.


  • Public wreath ceremonies have resumed. 

The following operational conditions remain the same:

  • ANC’s normal operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Visitors may enter the cemetery on Memorial Avenue and park in the parking garage, or pedestrians may go directly to the screening lanes at the Welcome Center.
  • The ANC parking garage is available to both passenger cars and buses.
  • The 123 gate is open to family pass holders only.
  • Department of Defense ID card holders may enter through the Old Post Chapel gate.
  • An ADA accessibility and stroller visitor screening lane is at the Welcome Center East Entrance.

For additional information about reopening, please click here. 

Getting Here

Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. at the end of Memorial Avenue, which extends from Memorial Bridge. Arlington is accessible from the major roadways in the D.C. area: Interstate 95, the Capital Beltway (I-495), the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295).

The cemetery is also a stop on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail system. Arlington Cemetery station, on Metro's Blue line, is a short walk from the Welcome Center. 

Getting Around 

Arlington National Cemetery welcomes visitors to explore the rich history found within its hallowed grounds. Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc. provides an interpretative tour bus service through the cemetery, with weekday stops that include President John F. Kennedy's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's gravesite, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and other notable memorials and gravesites. Weekend service also includes stops near Sections 55 and 59 and the Pentagon Group Burial Marker.

Vehicle and bus access through the cemetery is generally not authorized, except for those with vehicle passes to visit a gravesite, or those attending a funeral serviceVisitors with a valid disability placard may ride the interpretive tour bus at no cost (with one companion). 

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Road Closures

The following road closures took effect in August 2020 will continue through October 2021: 

• McPherson Drive is closed from Pershing Drive to the intersection of Farragut Drive. Farragut Drive is open.

• McKinley Drive, Miles Drive, Capron Drive, Chapel Gate Road, Lawton Drive and Jackson Circle will all be closed through October 2021.

• Visitors to Sections 3, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24 and 44 of the cemetery will be impacted. Visitors may access these sections by following the signs placed near the construction areas and marked parking locations. Upon arrival to the affected sections, those who need assistance during the construction period may call 703-614-1111.

ANC Explorer app on an iPhone

ANC Explorer

ANC Explorer is a web-based and mobile application that enables families, visitors and the public to locate and receive directions to gravesites and other points of interest throughout the cemetery. Using the app, you can search for specific gravesites and view front-and-back headstone photos. ANC Explorer also offers self-guided tours, easy access to general information and the ability to save searched burial records to a mobile device. The app is available for public use on kiosks in the Welcome Center. 

Download on the App StoreDownload on Google Plan

Download ANC Explorer to your smartphone by clicking the link for your device at right, or launch the application in your browser.