Arlington Cemetery: Civil War Mansion, Tomb of the Unknowns & Pentagon 911 Memorial

Washington, D.C.

  • Military funeral - notice the flag-draped casket. After the burial, the flag is given to the surviving family member.
  • Approach to Arlington Cemetery
  • Visitor Center
  • Eternal flame at JFK Gravesite
  • Arlington House as seen from JFK Gravesite
  • Memorial to the Civil War Unknown soldiers in the Arlington House gardens
  • View of Washington, DC from the Arlington House gardens
  • Entrance to the Marble Amphitheater
  • Mast of USS Maine, blown up in Havana Harbor at start of Spanish-American War
  • Honor Guard and wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers
  • Marker for those who lost their lives on USS Liberty
  • Coast Guard Memorial with the Air Force Memorial in the background
  • Markers commemorating Admiral Peary's Arctic explorations
  • U.S. Air Force Memorial with Pentagon City in the background
  • Pentagon Group Burial Marker commemorating 2001 attack on Pentagon
  • View inside the Columbarium, where ashes are interred

3 hours and 20 minutes
3.2 mi
Guided by Gil


A visit to America's premier national cemetery is a must for veterans and history buffs. The large, hilly park of precise tomb markers includes several historic buildings and monuments, as well as commanding views of Washington, DC across the Potomac River. Come see tributes to the heroes and casualties of the nation's conflicts since the American Civil War and gain a sense of the sacrifices made to establish, protect and nurture this country.

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A native of Virginia, I am a seasoned international traveler, having lived in or traveled to over 60 countries. I enjoy bringing visitors to Washington's many famous historical, literary and artistic sites.

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Guide Points

  1. Arlington Cemetery Visitor Center

    The Visitor Center houses a museum and provides maps and other information on the cemetery. The staff can assist in locating graves of thos…

  2. President Kennedy Gravesite

    The President John F. Kennedy Gravesite is marked by an eternal flame in memory of the assassinated president who was buried here on Novemb…

  3. Arlington House

    Arlington House, built in the early 1800s on land provided by George Washington, is a Greek revival style mansion (also known as "Ante-Bell…

  4. Civil War Memorial

    Here we are at the Civil War Unknowns Monument. It is a burial vault and memorial honoring unidentified dead from both sides from the Ameri…

  5. Memorial Amphitheater

    The large marble-covered open air theater, the largest structure in the cemetery, is used for ceremonies and memorials throughout the year,…

  6. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    The Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. Original…

  7. USS Liberty Memorial

    On June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty was a U.S. Navy technical research ship operating in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula whe…

  8. Coast Guard Memorial

    The Coast Guard was formed as the successor to the Revenue Cutter Service (part of the Department of Treasury) and the Life Saving Service …

  9. Admiral Peary and Air Force Memorials

    Admiral Robert Edwin Peary, Sr. was an American explorer who made several trips to the Arctic in an effort to reach the geographic North Po…

  10. Pentagon Group Burial Marker

    The Pentagon Group Burial Marker commemorates the 189 people who died, and the 106 who were wounded, as a result of American Airlines Fligh…

  11. The Columbarium

    This is the cemetery’s Columbarium, available to hold the cremated remains of deceased soldiers. This facility has been expanded to accommo…

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