UPDATED June 29, 2020 

• On July 4, 2020, Arlington National Cemetery will be open to family pass holders only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cemetery remains closed to the public, and ANC grounds and property may NOT be used as a viewing location for the Independence Day fireworks display in the nation’s capital. Please click here for additional 4th of July information.


UPDATED: June 16, 2020 

• Due to a heightened force protection posture for the National Capital Region, visitors attending funeral services, family pass holders, contractors and employees may be subject to additional security screening measures upon arrival to Arlington National Cemetery.

•  Visitors need three things to access the cemetery:

  1. Family pass

  2. Identification for each person 16 or older in the vehicle

  3. Face covering for each person in the vehicle 

•  Effective immediately, per Department of Defense (DoD) guidance, all personnel entering Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) must have a face covering on their person. Mr. Charles Alexander, Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery, has directed the wearing of face coverings while in locations within the cemetery where people cannot maintain a six-foot social distance, specifically in the Administration Building (family rooms, restrooms) and during funeral services. Security personnel will be asking all visitors, family members and employees for proof of face coverings.

•  During modified operations, restroom facilities are available at the following locations: 

- Four (4) standard portable latrines and two (2) ADA-compliant portable latrines are next to the Chaffee Lot area. Chaffee Lot is located across the street from the Tanner Amphitheater, next to Section 1.

- Temporary Administration Building on King Drive. You may park in the funeral queuing lanes and walk to the middle building. The restrooms are located in the middle building between the two large potted planters. 

- Columbarium Court 6 on York Drive, across from Section 62.

- Near the Niche Wall in Section 82. 

All restroom facilities are cleaned and maintained seven days a week. We remind all of our guests to please wear face coverings while using the restrooms.

UPDATED: April 22, 2020 

  • Arlington National Cemetery remains CLOSED to visitors. Please click here for more information

  • Funerals will proceed as scheduled. Families who arrive for scheduled funerals will be asked to remain in their cars when they arrive into the designated queuing lanes. Family members should contact 1-877-907-8585 for more information on new arrival procedures, or if they would like to reschedule a funeral.

  • Family pass holders visiting a gravesite will be admitted with their family pass. The Welcome Center is closed to all visitors, including family pass holders.

*Before visiting, please review our 100% ID check policy

McClellan Gate, with rows of white marble headstones in the background

Getting 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. 

Getting Around 

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). 

ANC Explorer app on an iPhone

ANC Explorer

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 on the App Store Download on Google Plan

Download ANC Explorer to your smartphone by clicking the link for your device at right, or launch the application in your browser.