Aderholt: Time to plan for trips to Washington

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/29/17

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt is urging those thinking of coming to Washington, D.C., in the spring and summer to start making plans now in order to have time to process the tours.

“While many people still have their …

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Aderholt: Time to plan for trips to Washington

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U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt is urging those thinking of coming to Washington, D.C., in the spring and summer to start making plans now in order to have time to process the tours.

“While many people still have their Christmas decorations up, spring is just around the corner. And now is the time to start planning your family’s trip to Washington, D.C.,” Aderholt said in a release. “Our nation’s capital is an excellent choice that is filled with great history, great monuments and great sites. An added bonus is that many of the sites in Washington do not charge an entrance fee. If it is on your list this spring or summer, I have some tips on making the most out of your trip.”

He said one major reason to start planning now is to make plans for touring the White House, noting the tours of the president’s house are available through his office for free. However, he noted important details also have to be kept in mind.

“Due to security, we cannot process requests that come to us less than 21 days from your visit. In fact, we recommend requesting tickets approximately three months in advance because they are granted on a first come, first served basis,” Aderholt said.

One may request tickets on Aderholt’s official website at https://aderholt.house.gov. One may go to the home page and find the link under “Services” to “D.C. tours and tickets.

Aderholt also recommended visiting his workplace, the U.S. Capitol building.

“I also invite you to visit the place where I work, the U.S. Capitol Building. His actual office is at 235 Cannon House Office Building, at 27 Independence Ave. SE. His Washington office phone number is (202) 225-4876.

“Tours of the Capitol also have no entrance fee and are available through my office,” he said. “Your tour will include the Capitol Visitor Center, Crypt, Rotunda, Statuary Hall, and the gallery of the House Chamber where you can see lawmakers at work.”

Aderholt also recommended a number of other sites to see while in Washington.

“I also highly recommend a visit to Arlington National Cemetery,” Aderholt said. “ It is a solemn and very touching reminder of the sacrifices so many have made to keep our country free. In addition, President’s William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy are buried at Arlington, along with the graves of the astronauts of the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia.

“The different Smithsonian museums are free, and hold some of our nation’s most treasured artifacts, from the Wright Brother’s plane, to the Apollo 11 crew capsule to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’”

Aderholt also recommended seeing many of the memorials along the National Mall, which include the Washington Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, among others.

“At the World War II Memorial, you might even spot World War II veteran and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole,” he said.

He said whatever a constituent’s plans will be in Washington, he or she should contact his office to let them know when they will be in town, adding he hopes to see them soon in Washington.

Aderholt’s web page for tours and tickets allows one to check off the government tourist sites they want to see. It also has a page to more extensive information on government and non-government tourist sites in the D.C. area, including museums, historic homes, theaters, major league sports, public transportation and maps.

Editor’s Note: An additional site near the Capitol that is not listed on Aderholt’s website is the Newseum, which is dedicated to the history of journalism, free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Since opening in 2008, more than 7 million have visited the museum. More information may be found at http://www.newseum.org.