Arlington National Cemetery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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. The cemetery is expansive - 639 acres. Walking distances and hills require moderate physical exertion. An alternative to walking is the interpretive tour bus, which stops at John F. Kennedy's gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other notable sites. Visitors with disabilities may ride the bus for free, with one companion
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.