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George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean, VA  22101

DIRECTIONS: George Washington Memorial Parkway Exit for Memorial Bridge and Arlington Cemetery.  Metro: Blue Line, Arlington Cemetery.

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY                     877-907-8585

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Arlington House was the home of Robert E. Lee and his family for 30 years and is uniquely associated with the Washington and Custis families. George Washington Parke Custis built the house to be his home and a memorial to George Washington, his step-grandfather. It is now preserved as a memorial to General Lee, who gained the respect of Americans in both the North and the South.

Arlington House is currently undergoing a major restoration project, requiring the removal of the furnishings from the house. Please call ahead to ensure the house will be open on the day of your visit.

Link to virtual tour of Arlington House.

Arlington National Cemetery is a shrine to the thousands of women and men who have died to keep our country free. Memorial sites include Tomb of the Unknowns; the gravesite of John F. and Jacqueline B. Kennedy (the eternal flame); Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial; Mast of the U.S.S. Maine ("Remember the Maine!"); Confederate Memorial; and the Coast Guard Memorial

Civilians notables include boxing champ Joe Louis; actor Lee Marvin; WWII's most decorated soldier Audie Murphy; ABC newscaster Frank Reynolds; and 27th president William Howard Taft.

Link to video about Arlington National Cemetery.


Arlington House:No designated accessible parking in the lot across from the house.  Visitors may be dropped off at the house or next to the wheelchair lift.  Drivers, if not disabled, should proceed to large parking lot across from the house after dropping their party off.  Directions to parking lot:  Make left out of driveway.  Take first right.  Lot is located behind large building with pillars. 

Arlington National Cemetery: Special vehicle passes are available for individuals with disabilities visiting the cemetery. Please visit the Visitors Information Desk with your handicap parking pass to obtain a special vehicle pass to access the cemetery. The Tourmobile is accessible to individuals with disabilities as well. For unique access requests, please contact the Visitors Information Desk at (703) 607-8000 and select option ‘0’ to speak with a representative.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND ATTRACTION:  Pea gravel paths, of various lengths, negotiable on foot, but persons in wheelchairs may have difficulty.  Some have steep grades requiring assistance.


Arlington House: Located east side facing Potomac River.  4 exterior steps, each 7 in. in height.  Doors easily opened.  A staff member is always present at front door.  Entry doors, 69 in. wide.  Elevator lift from outside of the house to the first floor and next to greenhouse.  Lift for manual wheelchairs.  24-26 interior steps to the second floor.  Handrails.  

The basement and second floor of the house are not accessible by wheelchair and may prove difficult for some with limited mobility. However, there is wheelchair access to the 1st floor of the house and museum.

Arlington National Cemetery: Visitors Center, located by the cemetery entrance, where maps, guidebooks, exhibits, information services (to include grave locations), a bookstore and restrooms can be found. Please note that the cemetery does not provide wheelchairs or strollers and if you require this service you will need to bring your own.

Link to the only authorized interpretative tour bus service within the grounds of the cemetery.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Located at Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center.  No wheelchair accessible restrooms at Arlington House. Porta-john available.     

For guests with hearing disabilities,there are tours in American Sign Language and signing interpreters available with advance notice.  Written scripts available.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are rangers available to answer questions and give tours.

For guests with mobility disabilities, there is a photo album for rooms on the second floor, and lowered drinking fountain.

GIFT SHOP:  Gift shop at house is not wheelchair accessible, but the one in cemetery visitors center is accessible. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Arlington House: Free admission.  Fee for parking in cemetery lot and tour mobile charge.  The memorial is open from 9:30-4:30, 7 days a week, except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Guided tours are given April - September: daily, top of every hour: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm October - March: Saturdays &Sundays only, top of every hour: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Arlington House and the grounds in its immediate vicinity are administered by the National Park Service.

Arlington National Cemetery: Open to the public at 8 a.m. 365 days a year. From April to Sept the cemetery closes at 7 p.m.; Oct to March it closes at 5 p.m. Arlington National Cemetery is administered by the Department of the Army.


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