GAC Guide 2023

Here you are in DC, for the GAC.

Of course you’re here for the conference. But there’s so much more to the experience. Here’s a little extra information to make your time all that much more enjoyable.

Dining

No question about it: DC is a town for great dining. We’ve got some suggestions.

Activities

Bored? It’s not the town’s fault. Here are some things you might try out.

Getting around DC

Plus, if you have questions about how to get around DC, check out our guide.

Association Team Members

You’re not alone. In fact, you’ve got a at least three credit union friends in town. Feel free to reach out to them.

Utah delegation

Greeting the elected representatives is an important part of the trip. Learn more about them here.

Dining Recommendations

From Association team members and elected representatives:

  • Ted’s Bulletin, casual American diner, Scott Simpson’s choice. Two nearby locations: 505 8th St SE, and 1818 14th St NW. Stephen is also a fan, suggesting the peanut butter bacon burger.
  • Bullfeathers on the Hill, pub-style dining, recommended by Stephen Nelson. Located at 410 First St SE.
  • Medium Rare, a fixed-menu steakhouse, a little further out. Recommended by Stephen Nelson. Located at 3500 Connecticut Ave NW.

Recommendations from those who’ve moved on to other things:

  • Ruth’s Chris, steaks and seafood, recommended by Marilyn Pearson. Located at 21st and 21st, L St NW. Try the ribeye, sweet potato casserole, sautéed mushrooms, and Ceasar salad
  • Hunan Dynasty, Chinese, recommended by Shule Bishop. Located at 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Try the crispy prawn with walnuts.
  • Good Stuff Eatery, burgers and shakes, recommended by Shule Bishop. Located at 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Try the farmhouse bacon cheese, and salty caramel shake.

Spencer’s Corner

Congressional Picks

Activities

DC is a hotspot for things to do and see. Here are a few that the Association Staff particularly enjoy.

National Archives Museum

Feast your eyes on an ancient document or two, such as the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. 
Cost: free. 
Get more details here. 
Look up the location on Google Maps.
Recommended by Stephen Nelson.

Thomas Jefferson Building

When you go to this breathtaking building, don’t forget to look over the main reading room, and take a peek at an original Gutenberg Bible. 
Cost: free. 
Get more details here. 
Look up the location on Google Maps.
Recommended by Stephen Nelson.

Washington Monument

To tour this iconic monolith, you’ve have to get tickets online, but the sights are worth it! Tickets become available at 10 a.m. each day for the next day. 
Cost: free. 
Get more details here. 
Look up the location on Google Maps.
Recommended by Stephen Nelson.

Spencer’s suggestions

Been to DC many times? Need something new to see? Spencer Stokes has the following suggestions!

Renwick Gallery
A branch museum of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts. More info here. Located at 1661 Pennsylvanian Avenue NW.

National Portrait Gallery
Also a Smithsonian branch, this museum displays portraits and stories of inspiring Americans. More info here. Located at 8th and G Streets.

President Lincoln’s Cottage
Lincoln’s home during the height of the Civil War, the Gothic-Revival cottage is now a museum. More info here. Located at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW.

Eastern Market/ Farmers & Art Market
Bustling marketplace since 1873 featuring a variety of produce, handmade crafts & prepared foods. More info here. Located at 225 7th St SE.

Getting Around DC

It can be intimidating to get around the town. Here are a few thoughts:

  • Ride sharing: Uber and Lyft are great resources in DC. Just specify your destination, and tell the app to find you a driver. The app tells you how soon a driver will be there, and you sit back and wait. You do have to have a user account for the service, and have to enter a credit card, so it’s useful to set up the service before you actually need it.
  • Taxi: you can hail a taxi—just like you’ve seen in the movies. When you spot a taxi with the light on its roof turned ON, wave your hand at it. Hopefully it will see you and stop! If not, you can call taxi companies at:
  • Rental Cars: if you need to go further out, or just want the freedom of your own car for a day, you can try these companies:
  • Public transportation: DC has an excellent public transportation system that can get you within walking distance of a lot of great places. Besides, it’s a badge of honor to learn how to use the Metro!
    • Metro rail: the subway system has many stops around town, and can get you to some far-flung places, as well. We could share links to all kinds of information, but it’s probably just easiest if you download the DC Metro and Bus app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Maps apps, such as Google Maps and Apple Maps also provide directions using public transit.
    • AMTRAK: this train service can take you long distances.
    • MARC: another train service for longer trips
    • Virginia Rail Express: a third train service to the Northern Virginia suburbs, Alexandria, Crystal City, and DC.
  • Walk: hoofing it is a great way to get around town–just be sure to gauge the distance with an app. Appearances can be deceiving. For example, the walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building is 2.1 miles!

Utah Association Team Members

Scott Simpson

President/CEO
Cell: (801) 243-1200

Stephen Nelson

Vice President of Credit Union Support
Cell: 801-243-3118

Augusta Scott

Government Affairs Coordinator
Cell: 801-631-3233

The Utah Delegation

House District 1

Rep. Blake Moore

https://blakemoore.house.gov

Washington, DC Office:
1320 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-0453
Fax: 202-225-5857

Ogden District Office:
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401

phone: 801-625-0107
Fax: 385-405-2155

House District 2

Rep. Chris Stewart

https://stewart.house.gov

Washington, DC Office:
166 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-9730

Bountiful City Office:
585 West 500 South #230
Bountiful, UT 84010

Phone: 801-364-5550

St. George Office:
253 West St. George Boulevard, Suite 100
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-627-1500

House District 3

Rep. John Curtis

https://curtis.house.gov

Washington, DC Office:
2400 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-7751

Provo Office:
3549 North University Avenue, Suite 275
Provo, UT 84604

Phone: 801-922-5400

House District 4

Rep. Burgess Owens

https://owens.house.gov

Washington, DC Office:
1039 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3011

West Jordan District Office:
9067 S. 1300 W., Suite 101
West Jordan, UT 84088

Phone: 801-999-9801

Senate

Sen. Mitt Romney

https://www.romney.senate.gov

Washington, DC Office:
354 Russel Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5251
Fax: 202-228-0836

Ogden Office:
James V. Hansen Federal Building
324 25th Street, Suite #1018
Ogden, UT 84401

Phone: 385-264-7885

Salt Lake City Office:
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 S. State Street, Suite 8402
Salt Lake City, UT 84138

Phone: 801-524-4380

Spanish Fork Office:
648 N. 900 E., Suite #8
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Phone: 801-515-7230

St. George Office:
196 East Tabernacle Street, Suite 14
St. George, UT 84770

Phone: 435-522-7100

Senate

Sen. Mike Lee

https://www.lee.senate.gov

Washington, DC Office:
361A Russel Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5444

Ogden Office:
James V. Hansen Federal Building
324 25th Street, Suite #1410
Ogden, UT 84401

Phone: 801-392-9633
Fax: 801-392-9630

Salt Lake City Office:
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 S. State Street, Suite 4225
Salt Lake City, UT 84138

Phone: 801-524-5933
Fax: 801-524-5730

St. George Office:
Office of Senator Michael S. Lee
196 East Tabernacle Street, Suite 21
St. George, UT 84770

Phone: 435-628-5514