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Top 15 things to do in Arlington

1. Arlington National Cemetery

Remember the United States' fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, where casualties and deceased veterans of every U.S. war lie buried. The cemetery covers an area of over 253 hectares (624 acres), and was established in 1864 on an estate that once belonged to the wife of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The final resting place for nearly 260,000 dead, the cemetery also includes the grave of John F. Kennedy, marked by an eternal flame. Uniformed soldiers protect the graves of unidentified bodies from the wars fought in the 20th century, with a ceremonial changing of the guard every hour. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can look at informative exhibits and pick up a free map.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Arlington National Cemetery

2. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The attraction has never been officially named, but it's known as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The U.S. soldiers interred here after World War I are all holders of the Medal of Honor, while the foreign nationals are all recipients of the their respective militaries' highest honors. The burial plot was opened in 1921 when the U.S. Congress approved a tomb for an unknown soldier. You can see the changing of the guard ceremony daily. Visit this tomb along with Tomb 31 to honor soldiers from World War I.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $41 › Learn more about The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

3. U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

A symbol of the gratitude of the American people for every Marine who has given his or her life to defend the United States, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial because of its famous statue. The memorial's statue depicts the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, a victorious image that has great resonance in the country. Sculptor Felix W. de Weldon used the original image, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Joe Rosenthal, to create this statue. Weldon also arranged for three survivors of the flag raising to pose for his sculpture, which was officially unveiled in 1954.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

4. Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall & Stops at 10 Sites

FROM $68
Explore the popular monuments in Washington, DC with this guided, 3-hour tour of the National Mall at night. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and United States Capitol, as well as the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and more.
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $68 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg

Located on the site of one of the bloodiest episodes in American history, Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the landscape of the historic 1863 battle between the Union and Confederate forces. Though the battle resulted in the largest number of casualties in the entire American Civil War, it became the turning point of the dramatic conflict when the Union army turned back the Confederate attempt to invade the North. The military park contains most of the original battlefield, as well as many support areas, including the supply and hospital locations. Start your exploration at the park's museum and visitor center, where you can see over 40,000 war artifacts and an enormous cyclorama painting of the battle by French artist Paul Philippoteaux.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Gettysburg National Military Park

6. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

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Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $600 › Learn more about Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

7. Mount Vernon Trail

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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8. Arlington National Cemetery Tour with Changing of the Guards

FROM $49
Get the most out of Arlington National Cemetery with this 2 hour, guided walking tour. Pay your respects to President John F. Kennedy, view the ceremonial Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and learn American history as you visit civil war graves and notable people throughout history. Join a local, expert guide to ensure you see all Arlington Cemetery has to offer.
Suggested duration: 1h 30min - 2h
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9. Luray Caverns, Luray

Take a guided tour of Luray Caverns, subterranean caves that were discovered in 1878 and are now a National Historic Landmark. Your knowledgeable guide will identify and explain some of the caves' most impressive formations, such as Leaning Column, Titania's Veil, Dream Lake, and Double Column. Listen to the song of the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which makes stalactites sing by tapping them. The admission fee includes your tour, as well as entrance to the Car and Carriage Caravan and Luray Valley Museum.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $166 › Learn more about Luray Caverns

10. Gravelly Point Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon

Standing on the banks of the Potomac River, George Washington's Mount Vernon was home to America's first president. This plantation house sits on land owned by the Washington family since the 17th century, and shows examples of Palladian-style architecture. The site includes a number of main buildings, including the mansion itself and surrounding annexes. You can visit rooms restored to replicate those used by George and Martha Washington. Don’t miss the Washingtons' tombs or the on-site museum dedicated to sharing their story.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $28 › Learn more about George Washington's Mount Vernon

12. 3-Hour DC Nighttime Monuments Guided Sightseeing Bus Tour

FROM $68
D.C. is a fascinating city, but at night and under the stars,  it’s magical. Tour your favorite monuments and memorials all lit up with our experienced guide for 3 unforgettable hours.  In the spring and summer, you’ll hopefully catch a beautiful sunset with an iconic location such as the Capitol or the Washington Monument as your backdrop. Then watch as the lights come up all over the city on favorites like the White House and Lincoln Memorial. In the fall and winter, you’ll be able to see the city at its glowing best right from the start and even catch the seasonal holiday lights from November-January.It’s just the right blend of time riding and walking and you’ll visit all the most famous DC nighttime sights while hearing all about the Nation’s Capital from our personable and entertaining live guide.  If you’ve never been to DC before, a night tour is an absolute must. If you’ve been here before, there's a reason so many people want to do it again. 
Suggested duration: 3h
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13. Pentagon Memorial

Pentagon Memorial honors the 184 people who died in the attack on the Pentagon building on September 11, 2001. Each person is honored by an illuminated bench with his or her name set in shallow pools of water. When you read the names of those who perished inside the building, you'll face the spot where the plane hit the Pentagon. Turn toward the sky to read the names of those who were on board. At the memorial, you can dial a number to listen to an audio tour on your phone. The tour is also available online for listening and download. The memorial is the only part of the Pentagon complex where taking photos is allowed.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $49 › Learn more about Pentagon Memorial

15. Washington DC Hop-On Hop-off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

Likely to sell out FROM $50
Enjoy a 90-minute Hop-on Hop-off panoramic trolley tour of Washington, DC. The tour route will maximize your time and provide you with a great introduction to Washington, DC’s beautiful scenery and rich history. Join us aboard our custom-built Stadium Trolleys featuring stadium seating where every view is a great one. The Trolley will make 15 stops along the tour route. Trolleys come by every half hour. Tour at your own pace while visiting America's most iconic historic locations and make a full day of visiting the Nation's Capital. During the tour you will see major sites, including the White House, Washington Monument, Untied States Capitol Building, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Union Station, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums just to name a few!
Suggested duration: 1h 30min
Tours from $50 › More about this tour at viator.com ›