Cemeteries aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. There is, however, no question about how popular some are for tourists. If you’re the type of person who enjoys paying your respects and visiting the graves of famous people, you’ll be pleased to know that there are countless cemeteries worth checking out in the United States. In fact, some are so widely visited that they even have their own information centres on site and give out maps to help people get around. If you’re ever given the opportunity, here are three cemeteries that you must make a point of visiting in America.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery like no other. It features freshly cut grass, well-maintained white tombstones and is the final resting place of a number of celebrities, the most famous of which is Michael Jackson. The King of Pop – who has a fan-made shrine just outside his private crypt – was laid to rest here in 2009 alongside the likes of Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor.
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is just a short distance from Santa Monica. It’s a small cemetery that’s scarcely-visited and tucked away within skyscrapers. It’s certainly worth visiting though, if only for the fact that it contains the crypt of Marilyn Monroe. The movie star is laid to rest here alongside well-known names including Roy Orbison and Dean Martin.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery is arguably the most-visited of its kind in the US. Just a short distance from Washington DC, it features the graves of 300,000 people who died in conflicts while representing America. John F. Kennedy is also laid to rest here, as is his wife Jacqueline. The president’s grave is marked by an ‘eternal flame’ that never goes out.
If you fancy visiting any of these cemeteries, then make sure you do so on your next holiday to the United States. In the meantime, be sure to sort out your ESTA visa so that you’re permitted to enter the country upon arrival.