"Arlington cemetery" Arlington National Cemetery Tip by mindcrime

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  • Arlington cemetery - Washington D.C.
      Arlington cemetery
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Arlington National Cemetery is a huge cemetery and not a theme park, many people forget that and I was surprised that they were laughing and posing for a pic in front of the stones. Don?t forget that some people may come here for funeral services.

We used the tourmobile that goes there through the bridge behind the Lincoln memorial. Once there (you can also walk over the bridge) you can go to the Visitor Center where you can take maps, ask for info(grave locations etc), buy books or just use the restrooms. Here you can also buy a ticket for the tourmobile that goes inside the cemetery. It costs 7 euros (for free if you have already payed for the tourmobile tour in the Mall) and it makes 3 stops:

Of course, if you have a lot of time (and power) you can just walk (for free) inside, have in mind that the place is huge with many hills to climb. Most of the people check the area around the 3 stops but there are other monuments too, I noticed various obelisks, small monuments etc

Of course we affected of seeing so many graves, there were some parts of where they were countless of them, the burial ground houses about 300,000 graves of soldiers (that served in revolutionary war, Civil War, spanish-american war, WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars) but also 2 presidents, astronauts, supreme court chief justices etc

It is a bizarre site and definitely depressing, especially where there were many small tombs with no name written on them? they were for people that found dead but they weren?t recognized. It made think much more that the ?popular? presidents? graves.

Arlington National Cemetery is open daily 8.00-19.00(October-march till 17.00)

Address: Arlington, VA.
Directions: across the Potomac river behind Lincoln memorial. You can walk over the memorial bridge or just use the tourmobile as it is included in the tour.
You can also go by metro to Arlington and walk from there

Phone: (703) 607-8000
Website: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2010
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