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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"

Chicago Sun-Times

"Indispensable"

The New York Times

Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:

  1. Details on the best guided tours on foot and by boat, bus, horse carriage, Segway, bicycle, and trolley
  2. A complete guide to Washington's cultural and historic sights—with helpful hints for making the most of your time
  3. Hotels reviewed and ranked for value and quality—plus secrets for getting the lowest rate possible
  4. Proven strategies for enjoying Washington with your kids
  5. Everything you need to know to get around quickly and easily—including complete details on the Metro

Sample Rating

Washington National Cathedral *Five Stars

Location Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW; # 202-537-6200 or 202-537-5596 for tour information; www.cathedral.org/cathedral

Nearest Metro station The Woodley Park/National Zoo station is about a half-hour walk; drive or take a cab.

Type of attraction The sixth-largest cathedral in the world (guided and self-guided tours).

Admission Free; suggested donations are $3 adults, $2 seniors, and $1 children.

Special comments A Gothic masterpiece; take the optional 30- to 45-minute, docent-led tour.

How much time to allow 1 hour.

Synopsis:

  • Guides travelers to Washington's best cultural and historic sights-and offers helpful hints on how to beat the crowds and avoid long waits
  • More than 75 in-depth restaurant reviews explain where to find a good meal
  • Incisive hotel ratings show how to find the best lodgings at the best prices
  • Shows how to get around, how to see the government work, and where to find parks and outdoor activities.

About the Author

Eve Zibart, AUTHOR OF SEVERAL BOOKS, INCLUDING The Unofficial Guide to New Orleans, The Unofficial Guide to New York, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for Grown-ups, and The Ethnic Food Lover’s Companion, is a feature writer and restaurant critic for the “Weekend” section of the Washington Post; as the former nightlife columnist, she drew on her intimate knowledge of D.C.’s diverse after-hours scene as well as the area’s vast array of dining spots when writing our entertainment and restaurant sections. Eve also scoped out where to find the best deals for our chapter on shopping and gently reminded Joe that biking is only one form of exercise.

THE CONTRIBUTOR OF MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL WORK on this guide, Joe Surkiewicz has coauthored five titles in the Unofficial Guides series and written two guides to the best places to ride a mountain bike in the Mid-Atlantic states. Joe is communications director at the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland. He lives in Baltimore with his best friend and counselor, Ann Lembo. When not traveling or bicycling, they enjoy evenings curled up on the sofa with their black-and-white feline companions, Molly and Trixie, to watch blackand-white movies starring 1930s film divas Kay Francis, Norma Shearer, and Miriam Hopkins.

Table of Contents

List of Maps.

About the Author and Contributors.

Preface.

Introduction.

Welcome to Washington.

About This Guide.

Why “Unofficial”?

Creating a Guidebook.

How Unofficial Guides Are Different.

Special Features.

How This Guide Was Researched and Written.

Letters, Comments, and Questions from Readers.

How Information Is Organized: By Subject and by Location.

PART ONE Planning Your Visit to Washington.

When to Go.

Going When the Weather Is Good.

Avoiding Crowds.

Trying to Reason with the Tourist Season.

A CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS AND EVENTS.

What to Pack.

People with Special Needs.

Getting to Washington.

Driving.

Taking the Train.

Flying.

PART TWO Accommodations.

Deciding Where to Stay.

Some Considerations.

Getting a Good Deal on a Room.

Where the Hotel Discounts Are.

Helping Your Travel Agent Help You.

If You Make Your Own Reservation.

How to Evaluate a Travel Package.

Tips for Business Travelers.

Lodging Convenient to Washington Convention Center.

Convention Rates: How They Work and How to Do Better.

Hotel and Motel Toll-free Numbers.

Accommodations: Rated and Ranked.

What’s in a Room?

Room Ratings.

How the Accommodations Compare.

Good Deals and Bad Deals.

HOTEL INFORMATION CHART.

PART THREE Visiting Washington on Business.

Not All Visitors Are Headed for the Mall.

The Washington Convention Center.

Lodging within Walking Distance of the Convention Center.

Parking at the Convention Center.

Cabs and Shuttles to the the Convention Center.

Lunch Alternatives for Convention and Trade-show Attendees.

A CONVENTION CALENDAR.

PART FOUR Arriving and Getting Oriented.

Coming into the City.

By Car.

By Plane.

By Train.

A Geographic Overview of Washington.

City and Two States.

D.C.’s Street Plan.

Finding Your Way.

Things the Natives Already Know.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s the Feds.

The Metro: An Introduction.

Taxis.

Traffic.

The Neighborhoods.

Customs and Protocol.

Tips for the Disabled.

Telephones.

Restrooms.

How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places.

Crime in Washington.

Having a Plan.

Personal Attitude.

Self-defense.

Carjackings.

Ripoffs and Scams.

More Things to Avoid.

Help May Be Closer Than You Think.

The Homeless.

PART FIVE Getting around Washington.

Driving Your Car: A Really Bad Idea.

Traffic Hot Spots.

Parking.

Riding the Metro: A Really Good Idea.

A Clean, Safe Alternative.

How to Ride the Metro.

Metro Foibles and How to Cope.

Discounts and Special Deals.

Metrobus and Other Bus Systems.

Taxis.

PART SIX Sightseeing Tips and Tours.

Plan Before You Leave Home.

Thinking in Categories.

Putting Your Congressperson to Work.

Operating Hours.

Rhythms of the City.

If You Visit During Peak Tourist Season.

Washington with Children.

The Best Inside Tours in Town.

Taking an Orientation Tour.

Get on the Bus, Gus.

Get Your Feet Wet.

Wheeling around Washington.

Wheels with Horsepower.

Hoofing It Yourself.

Get Up Close and Personal.

Optimum Adult Touring Plan.

Touring Strategies.

Attractions Grouped by Metro Station.

Seeing Washington on a Tight Schedule.

One-day Touring.

Excursions beyond the Beltway.

Helpful Hints.

A Worst-case Touring Scenario.

Travel Tips for Tourists.

PART SEVEN Washington’s Attractions.

Where to Go.

Time-saving Charts.

ATTRACTIONS BY TYPE.

ATTRACTIONS BY LOCATION.

Attraction Profiles.

PART EIGHT Dining and Restaurants.

Experiencing Washington Cuisine.

The New Washington Cookery.

Places to See Faces.

The New Downtown Dining.

The Restaurants.

Our Favorite Washington Restaurants.

Up and Coming at Press Time.

The Best

RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE, THEN BY STAR RATINGS.

RESTAURANTS BY LOCATION.

Restaurant Profiles.

PART NINE Shopping in Washington.

Mall Shopping.

Suburban Malls.

Malls in D.C.

Flea Markets.

Great Neighborhoods for Window-Shopping.

Georgetown.

Adams-Morgan, U Street, and Logan Circle.

Chevy Chase.

Dupont Circle.

Bethesda.

Capitol Hill.

Old Town Alexandria.

Specialty Shops.

PART TEN Entertainment and Nightlife.

Washington Nightlife: More Than Lit-up Monuments.

Legitimate Theater.

Comedy in Washington.

Live Pop, Rock, and Jazz.

Swing Your Partner.

Espresso and Eight-ball.

True Brews.

The Sex Thing.

More on the Safety Thing.

Profiles of Clubs and Nightspots.

PART ELEVEN Exercise and Recreation.

Working Out.

Walking.

Running.

Swimming.

Fitness Centers and Aerobics.

Tennis.

Rock Climbing.

Recreational Sports: Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, and So On.

Bicycling.

Hiking.

Canoeing and Kayaking.

Ice Skating.

Skiing.

Horseback Riding.

Golf.

Spectator Sports.

Appendixes.

Accommodations Index.

Restaurant Index.

Subject Index.

Unofficial Guide Reader Survey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470042083
Publisher:
Wiley
Subject:
United States - South Atlantic - D.C.
With:
Surkiewicz, Joe
Author:
Zibart, Eve
Author:
Surkiewicz, Joe
Subject:
United States / South / South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
Subject:
travel to Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. vacations
Subject:
vacationing in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. guidebook
Subject:
Washington D.C. travel guide
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Washington D.C. adventures
Subject:
Washington (D.C.) Tours.
Subject:
sightseeing in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. sightseeing
Subject:
attractions in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. attractions
Subject:
outdoor experiences in Washington D.C.
Subject:
outdoor activities in Washington
Subject:
DC
Subject:
things to see in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. neighborhoods
Subject:
active Washington D.C. vacations
Subject:
hotels in Washington D.C.
Subject:
luxury hotels in Washington D.C.
Subject:
family-friendly hotels in Washington D.C.
Subject:
accommodations in Washington D.C.
Subject:
lodging in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. itineraries
Subject:
visit Washington D.C.
Subject:
visiting Washington D.C.
Subject:
dining in Washington D.C.
Subject:
restaurants in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. restaurants
Subject:
Washington D.C. dining
Subject:
nightlife in Washington D.C.
Subject:
shopping in Washington D.C.
Subject:
the best of Washington D.C.
Subject:
arts and entertainment in Washington D.C.
Subject:
arts in Washington D.C.
Subject:
entertainment in Washington D.C.
Subject:
the performing arts in Washington D.C.
Subject:
museums in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. museums
Subject:
special events in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington D.C. events
Subject:
festivals in Washington D.C.
Subject:
Washington (D.C.) Maps.
Subject:
Washington D.C. color maps
Subject:
offbeat experiences in Washington D.C.
Subject:
splurge hotels in Washington
Subject:
free attractions in Washington
Subject:
Capitol Hill
Subject:
Penn Quarter
Subject:
Midtown
Subject:
Adams Morgan
Subject:
Dupont Circle
Subject:
Foggy Bottom
Subject:
Georgetown
Subject:
Woodley Park
Subject:
Glover Park
Subject:
Cleveland Park
Subject:
memorials in Washington
Subject:
Smithsonian Museums
Subject:
Arlington National Cemetery
Subject:
parks in Washington
Subject:
gardens in Washington
Subject:
childrens attractions in Washington
Subject:
historic Georgetown
Subject:
nightclubs in Washington
Subject:
bars in Washington
Subject:
side trips from Washington
Subject:
Mount Vernon
Subject:
Alexandria
Subject:
Travel: United States / Washington D.C.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
9
Series:
Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C.
Series Volume:
179
Publication Date:
20090224
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.96x5.50x.97 in. .84 lbs.

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  • Guides travelers to Washington's best cultural and historic sights-and offers helpful hints on how to beat the crowds and avoid long waits
  • More than 75 in-depth restaurant reviews explain where to find a good meal
  • Incisive hotel ratings show how to find the best lodgings at the best prices
  • Shows how to get around, how to see the government work, and where to find parks and outdoor activities.
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