My mother was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on December 8, 2020. It was a fitting honor for a lifetime of service to her country and her husband. While we were in Washington, we did some touring of the area.
Union Station is always impressive. It was almost deserted during this time of Covid, except for some crazy bums wandering around (and us crazy tourists) but we were able to get some good photos there. We used the metro to get around to some of the monuments and memorials, since most of the museums were closed. It was so cold and windy that we were glad we had masks to wear.
Every year, the national Christmas tree is set up in the Ellipse area, in front of the White House. Each state is represented by a tree that is decorated by school children from that state. This year the tree looked purple and we had good weather to see the White House in the background.
I had requested tickets to tour the White House from our representative a few months previously and we were thrilled to be able to tour it. The self-guided tour takes you through some of the most familiar areas, and we loved seeing it decorated for Christmas. It was so touching to be able to see up close all the rooms that are familiar from TV shows and movies. I found it surprisingly small!