Arlington National Cemetery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UPDATE: January 3, 2022
Due to rising COVID omicron cases in the DC metro area, Arlington National Cemetery is elevating to a higher level of Health Protection Conditions for the protection of staff and visitors.
The following measures are now in place:
• The Display Room at Memorial Amphitheater is closed to the public.
• Social distancing will be emphasized on the tram shuttle service.
• Funeral attendance at Old Post Chapel services is limited to no more than 50 people inside the chapel.
• Social distancing will be emphasized at the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the President John F. Kennedy gravesite.
• Face coverings are mandatory inside any federal building, to include the ANC Welcome Center and Administration Building.
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.
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.
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 service. Visitors with a valid disability placard may ride the interpretive tour bus at no cost (with one companion).
Visiting ANC with Children
Several roads in the cemetery are closed for necessary construction.
• Humphreys Drive, affecting portions of Section 1, will be closed through March 2022. Click here for a map of the affected area.
• The construction project on McPherson Drive, Lawton Drive, McKinley Drive, Jackson Circle, Chapel Gate Road, Capron Drive, Hobson Drive, and Miles Drive, affecting Sections 3, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 44, will continue through spring 2023 as currently projected. ANC is working hard to complete this project as soon as possible and to avoid prolonged inconveniences to visitors and family pass holders. To enable visitation during construction, parking areas and section access points have been created for motorists and pedestrians, respectively. Click here for a map of the affected area with visitor information.
Safety is our main priority for our family pass holders and guests. We ask that if you are a family pass holder with a loved one buried in the marked sections of the map, please call ANC’s operations department to schedule an escort to your loved one’s gravesite. Please call 703-614-1111 to arrange.
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 ANC Explorer to your smartphone by clicking the link for your device at right, or launch the application in your browser.