Visitors with Disabilities

A visitor in a wheelchair lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington National Cemetery welcomes ALL visitors to explore the rich history found within the cemetery grounds.

We are firmly committed to finding solutions to the challenges presented by our historic grounds and to removing barriers to visitors. In preparation for your visit, please find the answers to your questions below. Our accessibility map locates accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking and other features at and around Arlington National Cemetery. 

Parking and Entrance

Designated accessible parking spaces are located on the top level of the visitors parking garage. Additional information can be found on the parking page

Public Transportation

The Arlington Cemetery station (wheelchair accessible) is on the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Area Metrorail's Blue Line. See the WMATA website for hours of operation, schedules, fares and other information. 

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome. Arlington National Cemetery follows the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA requirements for service animals: the service animal must be trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. It is our goal to ensure access to all visitors in accordance to Title 32 Code of Federal Regulations Part 553, which prohibits pets in the cemetery except for service animals.  

Getting around the Cemetery

Those with a valid disability placard or a proof of disability documentation can ride the interpretive tour bus at no cost, with one companion.

Examples of acceptable documents for proof of disability documentation are:

  • Statements or letters on a physician's/medical professional's letterhead stationery.
  • Statements, records or letters from a federal government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • Statements, records or letters from a state vocational rehabilitation agency counselor.
  • Certification from a private vocational rehabilitation or other counselor who issues or provides disability benefits.

Arlington National Cemetery will also provide a free shuttle to visit a particular gravesite. To use this service, please visit the ticket window at the Welcome Center and let them know the gravesite and location. If you do not know the gravesite location, you can look up the decedent's name on Arlington’s free app, ANC Explorer, on your smartphone, web browser or kiosks in the Welcome Center.

We do not offer wheelchair rentals. However, there are businesses in the DC area that rent wheelchairs and scooters. We recommend that visitors in wheelchairs be accompanied by someone to assist them.

Requesting Accommodation

Sign language interpretation of tours is available upon request, with at least one week advance notice. Assisted listening devices are also available upon request. Please visit Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc.

For additional information, please call 877-907-8585. At the cemetery, questions about accessibility may be directed to security personnel or to staff at the Welcome Center Information Desk.