A place of and for heroes with a private guide
"Not for fame or reward,
not for place or rank,
not lured by ambition or
goaded by necessity.
But in simple obedience to duty
as they understood it.
These men suffered all, sacrificed all,
dared all, and died. "
- Dr. Randolph Harrison McKim (1912)
Formerly a plantation estate founded in 1802 by the step-grandson of President George Washington, George Washington Parke Custis, and the home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee for 30 years (1831-1861), since 1864 this cemetery serves as sacred and hallowed ground for the over 400, 000 military personnel interred representing all of the nation's wars from the American Revolution to the present-day.
As you journey through Arlington, you will learn of the origins of the former Arlington Estate and how it became Arlington National Cemetery as a direct result of the Civil War when we visit the Arlington House (the Custis-Lee Mansion) and enjoy what is considered the best view of DC in the surrounding area. Highlights also include visiting the Kennedy Family Gravesites and Eternal Flame - the final resting places of 35th President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senators Robert (Bobby) F. Kennedy and Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy and witnessing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Along the way, I can point out the final resting places of prominent individuals laid to rest. Should you have friends or loved ones interred here, or would like to see a particular individual or memorial, we can definitely take the time to visit. Time permitting, we can visit the Iwo Jima Memorial to the United States Marine Corps in Rosslyn, VA either by Metro subway or on foot.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: TBD at the time of booking. Either I can meet you at your hotel if it is Metro accessible, at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro Stop or outside the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor's Center.
End location: TBD at the time of booking. I can direct you back to the Arlington Cemetery Metro, to a point of interest (e.g. a museum) and/or a restaurant so that you may continue your day.
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking tour (rain or shine) but transportation can be arranged for an additional fee if needed.
A guided walking tour as well as any customized planning. There is also the option to use the public trolley shuttle. Tickets can be purchased inside the Cemetery Visitor Center.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 USD - For any food and/or drink along the tour and any public transportation fees (e.g. Metro)
Transportation (e.g. Metro, taxi), refreshments and/or meals, tickets (if using the Cemetery's trolley shuttle service)
I am not a driver. I do not have a CDL (Commercial Driver's License). I can accompany you in your vehicle or we can use the city's Metro subway system or Uber.
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Our guide, Christian, is respectful, pleasant, knowledgeable, and quite adaptable. He provided us with an excellent tour and included much insightful information. I would highly recommend him.