Best National Cemetery

Best: Best: Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Drive and Route 110, Arlington
2nd Best: U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
21 Harewood Road NW
When folks think military burial grounds in this town, only one place comes to mind. “Everybody thinks of Arlington. Nobody thinks of us,” says Dr. David Moshier, caretaker of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. Sure, Arlington has JFK staying there, and it dwarfs the Soldiers’ Home cemetery in acres and body count. But Arlington’s got nothing on the Petworth plots, in beauty or history. Moshier likes to point out that his cemetery was putting folks six feet under in 1861. That’s three years before Arlington burials began and a year before Congress had even set up the national cemetery system. Fun fact about the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery: “We have several Buffalo Soldiers,” says Moshier. Stop by and say hello.