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The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C.
Synopses & Reviews
"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
—The New York Times
Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:
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.
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.
Welcome to Washington.
About This Guide.
Creating a Guidebook.
How Unofficial Guides Are Different.
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.
Trying to Reason with the Tourist Season.
A CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS AND EVENTS.
What to Pack.
People with Special Needs.
Getting to Washington.
Taking the Train.
PART TWO Accommodations.
Deciding Where to Stay.
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?
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.
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.
Customs and Protocol.
Tips for the Disabled.
How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places.
Crime in Washington.
Having a Plan.
Ripoffs and Scams.
More Things to Avoid.
Help May Be Closer Than You Think.
PART FIVE Getting around Washington.
Driving Your Car: A Really Bad Idea.
Traffic Hot Spots.
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.
PART SIX Sightseeing Tips and Tours.
Plan Before You Leave Home.
Thinking in Categories.
Putting Your Congressperson to Work.
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.
Attractions Grouped by Metro Station.
Seeing Washington on a Tight Schedule.
Excursions beyond the Beltway.
A Worst-case Touring Scenario.
Travel Tips for Tourists.
PART SEVEN Washington’s Attractions.
Where to Go.
ATTRACTIONS BY TYPE.
ATTRACTIONS BY LOCATION.
PART EIGHT Dining and Restaurants.
Experiencing Washington Cuisine.
The New Washington Cookery.
Places to See Faces.
The New Downtown Dining.
Our Favorite Washington Restaurants.
Up and Coming at Press Time.
RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE, THEN BY STAR RATINGS.
RESTAURANTS BY LOCATION.
PART NINE Shopping in Washington.
Malls in D.C.
Great Neighborhoods for Window-Shopping.
Adams-Morgan, U Street, and Logan Circle.
Old Town Alexandria.
PART TEN Entertainment and Nightlife.
Washington Nightlife: More Than Lit-up Monuments.
Comedy in Washington.
Live Pop, Rock, and Jazz.
Swing Your Partner.
Espresso and Eight-ball.
The Sex Thing.
More on the Safety Thing.
Profiles of Clubs and Nightspots.
PART ELEVEN Exercise and Recreation.
Fitness Centers and Aerobics.
Recreational Sports: Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, and So On.
Canoeing and Kayaking.
Unofficial Guide Reader Survey.
What Our Readers Are Saying