Explorers & Pioneers at Arlington - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Explorers & Pioneers at Arlington

$30 per person
2.5 hours
Up to 10 people
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$30 per person
Arlington, Virginia
What We’ll Do

Did you know Arlington National Cemetery contains the graves of not only our nation’s military, but polar explorers, astronauts, early aviators, inventors, computer scientists, and medical trailblazers?

Join a former ANC historian on a 2 1/2 hour walking tour of the cemetery as he reveals the stories behind the amazing explorers and pioneers who lie to rest within the historic grounds of the cemetery.

We will visit and discuss the ground-breaking accomplishments of a diverse set of trailblazers such as astronauts Virgil Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and John Glenn, polar explorers Richard Byrd, Robert Perry, and Matthew Henson, engineer George Westinghouse, and early aviator Thomas Selfridge. The legacies of these individuals remain seen today, as their contributions have advanced science and pushed the frontiers of human exploration.

Where We’ll Be

This 2 ½ hour walking tour begins at the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center and continues through various sections of the cemetery. We will make frequent stops to talk history, examine memorials, and visit graves. ANC is hilly in places, so expect to get your steps in as we experience the cemetery together.

About Your Host

Hi. I’m Chris, a member of the Atlas Obscura Community.

I am a former Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) historian, and my Ph.D. dissertation examines the treatment of Confederate dead at ANC. For the past decade I have been a historian and curator in the Washington, D.C. region, and have given dozens of historical tours in the area. I love sharing lesser-known aspects of American history with the public. In addition to my work as a historian and curator, I routinely lecture on historic topics to a wide variety of audiences including foreign embassies, museums, historical societies, and professional organizations. Prior to my current employment, I was an FBI special agent (seriously!) and am a U.S. Air Force veteran.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

All guests will go through metal detectors and security upon entering Arlington National Cemetery.
Guests must be able to walk and stand for the duration of the experience.
This experience will run rain or shine.

Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 14 and up can attend.

What to Bring
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Comfortable shoes (closed toe-we'll be walking in grass)
  • Water (you can buy a bottle at ANC as well)
  • Bug repellent (not essential but nice)
  • Hat & sunglasses (for shade)
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

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