Capitol Christmas Tree Going from Sea to Shining Sea

NACS shepherds journey from Washington to Washington, D.C.

2013 Capitol Christmas Tree

EVANS, Wash. -- Convenience retailers from the Northwest to the East Coast are providing the fuel and refreshments for the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree caravan as it travels on its 25-day trip from Washington state to Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is serving as a lead sponsor of the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree and is also paying for the fueling costs at all stops, with many of the stores providing free refreshments and support.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 9, the tree and its support vehicles will travel through Washington, which provided the 88-foot tall Engelmann spruce that was harvested from the Colville National Forest. Along this route, the caravan will refuel and refresh at 10 retail fueling locations throughout Washington before embarking on its journey to the U.S. Capitol Building. The tree is scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 25; the lighting ceremony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will take place in early December.

Follow the progress of the Capitol Christmas Tree at and view the route the tree and caravan are traveling at

Stops along the route to the Capitol include Pybus Market, Wenatchee, Wash., Nov. 6; Pilot Flying J, St. George, Utah, Nov. 13; Little America Travel Center, Flagstaff, Ariz., Nov. 14; Pilot Travel Center, Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 21.

The convenience store industry has deep roots in the states and communities it serves. Convenience stores in across the country deliver jobs, tax revenues and, most of all, convenience.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. It has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.