Walking Tour: Understanding Arlington

Approximately 400,000 veterans and their eligible dependents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The history of our nation is reflected on the grounds of the cemetery. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore highlights of ANC.
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Starting point: Welcome Center
  • Exertion Level: Moderate

Walking Tour: Military Technology

This walking tour honors those individuals buried at Arlington who dedicated their careers to technology and innovation. Some, like Hyman Rickover and Grace Hopper, did so while serving in the military. Others, like George Westinghouse, contributed to technological advancement outside of their military service.
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Starting point: Section 5 (0.4 miles from Welcome Center)
  • Exertion Level: Moderate

Walking Tour: Navy

From its founding in the 18th century to today, the U.S. Navy has played a leading role in American military operations as well as scientific innovation and exploration. On this tour, you’ll be introduced to pioneers from across Navy history. These men and women pushed geographic and technological boundaries, and they showed ingenuity and courage in the face of war.
  • Length: 4 miles
  • Starting point: Section 54 (0.3 miles from Welcome Center)
  • Exertion Level: Moderate

Walking Tour: Marine Corps

As America’s expeditionary force in readiness since 1775, the Marines are forward deployed to fight the nation’s land, sea, and air battles. On this tour, you’ll learn about individuals who exemplified the Marines’ core values of honor, courage and commitment. They include men and women who changed the historical trajectory of the Corps, alongside those who served in some of the Marines’ most famous actions.
  • Length: 4 miles
  • Starting point: Section 33 (0.5 miles from Welcome Center)
  • Exertion Level: High

Walking Tour: Coast Guard

The history of the Coast Guard is that of survival: the survival of the service and the survival of the individuals it was created to save. On this tour, you’ll be introduced to commandants who led the Coast Guard through tremendous change, visionaries who changed how the Coast Guard performed its duties, and everyday people who risked their lives to save the lives of others.
  • Length: 4 miles
  • Starting point: Section 3 (0.94 miles from Welcome Center)
  • Exertion Level: Moderate

Walking Tour: Air Force

Since 1947, the Air Force has developed and used advances in aerial warfare to defend the United States from threats in air, space, and cyberspace. This focus on progress and innovation has attracted many trailblazers. On this walking tour, you’ll meet individuals who made daring decisions in battle, pressed the limits of their field, and expanded the capabilities of the Air Force.
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Starting point: Section 2 (0.3 miles from Welcome Center)
  • Exertion Level: Moderate

Walking Tour: Army

The Army is the oldest and largest service branch in the U.S. military, tracing its roots to the Continental Army established in 1775. Throughout its history, the U.S. Army has continually risen to meet the ever-changing needs of an expanding and diverse nation. This tour features individuals from throughout the Army’s history who exemplify this diversity and change, from enlisted soldiers to five-star officers.
  • Length: 5 miles
  • Starting point: Section 27 (0.5 miles from Welcome Center)
  • Exertion Level: High

Walking Tours: World War II

These six walking tours share some of the diverse experiences and individual stories of those who fought abroad or worked on the home front during World War II. The main walking tour includes stops across the entire cemetery, while the four cluster tours only include stops in one of the four main sections of the cemetery. The school tour is an abridged version of the main tour.

Memorial Arboretum: Seasonal Guides

Whether visiting in the spring, summer, fall or winter, there is always something to see in Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Arboretum. Download our seasonal guides for recommendations on horticulture highlights for each season.