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Arlington House Tours

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Arlington House
A Southern, Greek Revival mansion once owned by General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army, Arlington House is much more than just a beautiful house. Steeped in history and surrounded by hardwood forest, the 1,100 acre plantation was the general’s residence before the war started. It’s now a standing piece of history and a tribute to his military service before, during, and after the war. 

Long before it was General Lee’s home, the house claimed its place in US history as the home of George Washington Parke Custis — Martha Washington’s grandson. G.W.P. Custis built one of the nation’s first museums of historic American artifacts, largely from mementos of his childhood at Mount Vernon.

The 19th century mansion was never intended to be the site of one of the country’s most significant military cemeteries. Bodies were buried here during the Civil War, in part to ensure General Lee was unable to return home after the war ended. What began then has since grown into the Arlington National Cemetery. The estate overlooks the cemetery and the Potomac River, allowing for beautiful views of Washington DC.

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Located in the Arlington Cemetery grounds, get to Arlington House by car or metro. It’s a ten minute walk from the Arlington Cemetery Visitor Center and parking area. By metro, take the Blue Line to the Arlington Cemetery subway station. It’s free to enter and open year-round from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours during summer months.
Address: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia 22211, USA
Hours: Daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi UpgradeAudio Guides

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking TourHistorical Tours

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

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See the moving Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a guided walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Be perfectly placed for good views of the moving ceremony, then continue to some of the cemetery's most important gravesites and memorials, including places dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine, Second World War soldier Audie Murphy, and more, learning the fascinating history of the cemetery as you walk.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off TourHistorical Tours

Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore the vast Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC at a pace that suits you on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. With trolleys departing regularly, you can hop off at any of the stops, including the US Marine Corps War Memorial, the US Coast Guard Memorial, and the Eternal Flame. Listen to an onboard guide share the history of Arlington and the significance of the memorials, monuments, and burial sites that you pass.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery TourDay Trips

War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more—even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US VeteranDay Trips

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Day Tour of Arlington VirginiaHalf-day Tours

Day Tour of Arlington Virginia

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Explore the monuments and memorials of Arlington, Virginia, on a 5-hour, guided tour including the Arlington National Cemetery. See moving tributes to the United States Marines and Air Force, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and the Robert E. Lee Memorial at the Arlington House. Visit the most important graves at the national cemetery with time to search for the grave sites of loved ones. Pause to purchase lunch at the Pentagon Mall, then continue to the Pentagon to take in the site of the September 11th terrorist attack.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by VanBus Tours

Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van

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Experience the beauty and the history of Washington, DC during this private tour that makes stops at Arlington National Cemetery and other iconic war memorials. See the changing of the guards at the Tombs of the Unknowns, visit the family gravesite of President JFK and more with this memorable private tour by van.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Extended Monuments & Memorials TourHalf-day Tours

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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Arlington National Cemetery Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Arlington National Cemetery Private Walking Tour

Across the Potomac River is our country’s most recognized and respected burial sites, Arlington National Cemetery. During the American Civil War, these hallowed grounds were occupied by the Confederate States Army and used as a military stronghold. The restored Arlington House, once the home of General Robert E. Lee, stands in the center of the property. Despite General Lee’s defiance, the building is a protected memorial today due to his aid in uniting the land after the Confederacy’s defeat. Unity is a present focus of the cemetery as the monuments to the former adversaries of Lincoln and Lee sit together with the Memorial Bridge connecting them. This enormous refuge nestled in an otherwise urban landscape is the final resting place of many: war heroes, freed slaves, even Presidents like John F. Kennedy. Famed sites, such as the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier lay on the property with other attractions the Marine Corp Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and Pentagon just nearby.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Arlington House hours of operation?
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Arlington House hours of operation: Daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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