UPDATE: March 9, 2021
► The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has reopened to the public on a limited basis. Visitors will now be able to watch the changing of the guard and to pay their respects to the Unknowns. A one-way pedestrian route will begin at Memorial Drive (near the west steps of Memorial Amphitheater) and will guide visitors to the south walkway for entrance. Only 150 visitors will be allowed on the plaza stairs at any one time, in order to facilitate social distancing. Visitors will exit to the north side of Memorial Amphitheater.
► The Arlington Cemetery Metro station is currently closed for platform reconstruction and station improvements. The closure is expected to last through mid-May. A shuttle between Rosslyn and Pentagon will stop at the cemetery during operating hours. Click here for a map.
Arlington National Cemetery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cemetery policy requires all visitors to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while visiting these hallowed grounds. Several places of interest remain closed to ensure health protection conditions.
• Memorial Amphitheater remains closed to the public.
• The exhibits in the Welcome Center remain closed.
• Tram tours depart at the top of every hour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The tour route has been modified with only two stops: the President John F. Kennedy gravesite and Memorial Avenue. The tour still includes a historical interpretation from a narrator. In the tram circle area, ticket sales take place at a marked podium. Ticket prices remain the same, and touchless, cashless transactions are preferred. While on the tram, guests will be directed to their seats by the driver/narrator. To ensure social distance, every other row will be empty. All trams will be deep sanitized each morning and will be thoroughly cleaned after each tour is completed. Face coverings are mandatory for all, and safety procedures also include providing face shields to narrators.
• Arlington House, which is managed by the National Park Service, remains closed for a rehabilitation project.
• Before visiting, please review our 100% ID check policy.
For additional visitor information, please click 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.
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).
Q: How do visitor screening lanes operate?
A. The following screening lanes are available:
The Welcome Center has one-directional traffic flow for visitors to enter the cemetery and restrooms.
ANC would like to kindly remind visitors that entering the cemetery through unofficial access points is considered trespassing, which is a federal offense. Access to the cemetery may vary at times; ANC asks everyone to please be patient and to follow the directions of the visitor assistants at all times.
Q: Why is Memorial Amphitheater still closed?
A: At this time, Memorial Amphitheater remains closed due to major renovations.
Q: Why are buses not allowed?
A: This limited reopening is the first stage in ensuring that ANC and its staff are adequately equipped to open while keeping visitors and employees safe. Visitors may arrive via private vehicle, public transportation or ride share. Buses will not be authorized to park at the ANC parking garage and will be asked to turn around.
Q: Even though no buses are allowed, will large groups still be able to tour the cemetery?
A: Tour buses and school groups are not permitted at this time. We will make a public announcement when large groups are authorized in the cemetery.
Q: Will those not following COVID-19 protocol be asked to leave?
A: Visitors not following Arlington National Cemetery's COVID-19 protocol for social distancing and face coverings will first be asked to comply with the policy. If a visitor refuses to comply with the policy, the visitor will be asked to leave and will be escorted off cemetery grounds by our law enforcement personnel.
Q: If ANC is an outdoor facility and has the space to allow for social distancing, why are masks still required?
A: Our first priority in response to COVID-19 is to protect our workforce, our grieving families and our visitors. Moving forward, we will continue to assess local conditions in consultation with local public health officials, and adjust our health protection posture as conditions allow. We want to ensure the health and safety of all our service members and civilians so that we can be ready to support the nation for whatever contingency arises.
McPherson Drive Closure
McPherson Drive—a primary thoroughfare on the western side of the cemetery, parallel to Fort Myer—is currently closed for necessary repairs. The closure is expected to last until the summer of 2021. This repair work will close off all vehicle traffic to Jackson Circle, Capron Drive, Lawton Drive, McKinley Drive and Miles Drive, as well as the southwest portion of Grant Drive. Click here for a map of the affected area.
• 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.
• Parking for family pass holders will be available at designated locations: Farragut Drive near the USS Maine Memorial; Porter Drive near the Nurses Memorial; and Grant Drive near General John J. Pershing’s gravesite.
• Due to construction and uneven grounds, please allow additional time while visiting areas near McPherson Drive. Visitors may encounter low horticultural barriers; please proceed with caution.
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.