03 Heading to DCSummer is in full swing. That means a lot of students are on summer break, and many of you are preparing for your long-awaited, much-deserved vacation. Growing up in North Carolina, I always loved fishing on Gaston Lake and going on camping trips with my Granddaddy and Grannie. From the Carolina shores to the mountains and my Aunt Phiena’s house in Lumberton, we made incredible memories that I’ll never forget.

Of course, the best vacation spots can be found in our beautiful state, but one destination that has a lot to offer kids and families all year long is Washington, D.C. There are countless museums, historic monuments and memorials that teach children and grown-ups alike about our nation’s history.

Whether you’re going for a quick business trip, a family vacation or with a school group, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the more popular attractions in our nation’s capital. Take a look at the following list 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 receives more requests than any other location in D.C., White House tour requests typically need to be submitted three to six months in advance, with three weeks being the minimum requirement. 

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing 

Here, 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 to 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 learn more about our nation’s incredible history, and they are available at 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 the busy summer months — please request them as early as possible. Call my office at (202) 2253715 or visit Hudson.House.gov to plan your trip.

While in Washington, be sure to stop by your office that I work in: 429 Cannon House Office Building. My staff and I look forward to welcoming you to our nation’s capital and helping you create amazing memories with your family.

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