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CONCORD, N.C. – For the first time this season, the Sprint Cup Series is taking an off week. And Jeff Gordon plans to take advantage.

Over the Easter weekend, he and his family will head to Washington, D.C., for a unique experience.

“We always look forward to Easter. This year we’re going to stay fairly close to home,” Gordon said. “We were invited to go to the White House and do the Easter Egg Roll that they do. We’re going to go up there and do some touring of D.C., which is something I’ve never done.”

Gordon plans to experience as much of the nation’s capital as he can while he, his wife Ingrid and their children Leo and Ella are there.

“We’ll take the kids, go the Smithsonian, go around the city and enjoy D.C., like we never have before,” Gordon said. “Of course Leo is very interested in the Air and Space Museum and the National History Museum. So hopefully we have a chance to see all those things.”

While Gordon has traveled all across the nation racing cars, he’s now playing catch-up on exploring the country on family vacations. It’s something he didn’t always get to experience growing up with a focus on racing.

“Don’t get me wrong, things worked out pretty good,” he laughed. “Yeah, I missed out on some things, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am getting to relive that through them. Ingrid is really great about that. She wants to see them get these experiences and when it works out where all of us can have it together, then we do.”

And Gordon is grateful that his family will get to have one of those experiences in such an exciting location this weekend.

“I think it’s great that we are staying close to home and doing something that none of us have ever done,” Gordon said, “in a place that has incredible history and culture and a lot to see.”