War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC
Helpful advice from us and our travellers so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.
Can you swim in the WW2 Memorial?
None of Washington DC's Memorials were designed for swimming, and is seen as hugely disrepectful to the soldiers who died. Unfortunately there's actually a lot of confusion regarding the WW2 Memorial because of the inviting steps leading into the fountain, and the topic itself is full of controversy, however as it stands you should not swim in the WW2 Memorial.
How far is Arlington to Washington DC?
Arlington sits 8.5 km (5.3 mi) southwest of Washington DC, fortunately Arlington National Cemetery is on the western point of Arlington, and so the cemetery is only 4.6 km (2.9 mi) away from Downtown Washington.
Is Arlington Cemetery free?
The Arlington Cemetery is free to visit, and is open to the public every day of the year. The advantage to taking most of these tours is that you'll be given a lot more context to the wars in question and various tales about the soldiers who died.