Consider the nation’s capital as a vacation destination

Richard Hudson - Contributing Columnist

Growing up, the summer time meant working construction jobs with my dad and spending extra time with family. I loved fishing on Gaston Lake and going on camping trips with my Granddaddy and Grannie. Trips with my family were always the best. Whether we were at the beach, the mountains, or my Aunt Phiena’s house in Lumberton, we made some incredible memories.

One destination that has a ton to offer kids and families all year long is Washington, D.C. There are countless museums, historic monuments and memorials, and great entertainment. Whether you’re going for a quick business trip, an extended family vacation, or with your school group, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the popular attractions in our nation’s capital. Take a look at the list below to see how we can help make your trip memorable and assist you with tour requests:

• The U.S. Capitol — The U.S. Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. My office has guided thousands of North Carolinians on tours of the U.S. Capitol. These congressional staff led tours are available for Eighth District constituents.

• The White House — Requests for White House tours must be submitted through your Representative or Senator. Because the White House is a popular tour destination and it receives more requests than any other location in D.C., White House tour requests typically need to be submitted 3-6 months in advance, with 3 weeks being the minimum requirement. I’d suggest you submit the necessary security information as soon as you know you’re interested.

• The Bureau of Engraving and Printing — At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, you’ll learn all about U.S. paper currency. You even get to overlook the production floor and see money being printed.

• The Library of Congress — The Library of Congress is the world’s largest and most open research library. The architecture and art are incredible, and there is a lot to learn.

• The Kennedy Center — Take a tour of the Kennedy Center to learn why this national cultural center was established, as well as see the Hall of Nations, the main theaters, and dozens of works of art given to the center.

These tours are an excellent way to see all that Washington, D.C. has to offer, and they are of no charge to you. All tickets are provided to constituents in the Eighth District on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of visitors – especially during summer– please request them as early as possible.

In addition to these attractions, there are a lot of things to do and see that don’t require tickets. You can take a stroll down the National Mall and see several monuments and memorials. The Smithsonian Institution — which is made up of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo — offers a unique look at history, science and culture throughout the world. I also encourage you to visit Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen heroes.

While you’re in Washington, be sure to stop by your office that I work in — 429 Cannon House Office Building. We look forward to seeing you in our nation’s capital.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-Concord, represents North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District, which currently includes Richmond County.

Richard Hudson

Contributing Columnist

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