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Frommer's Washington, DC Free and Dirt Cheap [Paperback]

Tom Price , Susan Crites Price

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June 28 2010 Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap (Book 80)
  • Washington has some of the highest rates for a hotel room in the U.S.: We'll point you to DC's Cheap Sleeps, from Dupont Circle's Windsor Inn (where rooms start at $89)  to shared rooms (starting at $25) to private rooms (starting at $79) at Washington's Hostelling International Hostel, to house or apartment-swapping and other options.
  • From Foggy Bottom's Bread and Chocolate to Georgetown's Old Glory Barbecue, the authors list dozens of places where a good meal can be had for $10 or less
  • See some of the many films in the Library of Congress for free at the Mary Pickford Theater, where the offerings range from classic features to documentaries on a variety of topics; in other programs there, authors discuss film-related books and directors screen and discuss their films.

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The cheapskate's way to see the Capital

Can you really have a great time in one of the most expensive cities in the world on just a few bucks a day? Yes! And this is the guidebook that will show you how. Whether you live in Washington, DC or are just visiting, you'll find everything you need to live large without spending big—on shopping, food, entertainment, places to stay, and more.

  • Free Speech: Classic and experimental theater, quick-witted comedy, and poetry readings.

  • Free Music: Jazz groups, classical concerts, military bands, and rock music.

  • Free Food: The best happy hours and cafés, plus where to score delectable dirt-cheap eats—from the city's best burger spots to power dining on Capitol Hill.

  • Free Films: From indies to cult faves and discussions with filmmakers.

  • Free Classes & More: Find out where to take a cooking class, join a group for a historic run, and dance under the stars.

Check out DC's national treasures—without depleting your own cash reserves!

Praise for New York City Free & Dirt Cheap

"Make your dollars go farther."
New York Times

About the Author

Tom and Susan Crites Price have lived in and written about Washington for more than two decades, Tom focusing on government, politics, business, technology, and education, and Susan on philanthropy and topics of importance to women and families. They coauthored the award-winning Working Parents Help Book: Practical Advice for Dealing with the Day-to-Day Challenges of Kids and Careers, which was featured by “Today,” “Oprah,” and in other broadcast and print media. They coauthored Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to Washington, D.C., and Tom wrote Washington, D.C., For Dummies. Tom also wrote, with former U.S. House representative and ambassador Tony Hall, Changing the Face of Hunger: How Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and People of Faith Are Joining Forces to Help the Hungry, the Poor and the Oppressed. Susan is author of The Giving Family: Raising Our Children to Help Others. Before becoming a full-time freelancer, Tom was a correspondent at the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau. Susan still holds a day job, as vice president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GREAT RESOURCE! Aug. 22 2010
By INJONES - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
THIS BOOK CONTAINS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION, AND I PLAN TO GIVE A COPY TO EVERY VISITOR AND SUMMER INTERN I MEET. I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE CHAPTER ON PARKS AND GARDENS - DC HAS SUCH GREAT OUTSIDE SPACE. THE INFORMATION ON MUSIC AND CONCERTS IS A REAL FIND, AND THE ITINERARIES WILL BE FUN TO FOLLOW. SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON A BUDGET - ALL LAYED OUT IN ONE VOLUME.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have guide. Sept. 17 2010
By rgoodill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've lived in DC now for 16 years and have tried to come to know the city as much as possible. I have also had to entertain visitors with interesting touring itineriaries. The authors of "Free and Dirt Cheap" have put together an enviable, well researched guide for not just what to see and do for free in DC....but what to see and do in DC. From daily museums and gardens, to regularly scheduled weekly, monthly, yearly events like the Marine Barracks Evening Parade or the WNO Opera in the Park, to bars and restuarants; it seems like they have really done a lot of legwork and gone to the places and events they recommend. And with their occasional 'Splurges' categories, this is a good source book no matter how thin or thick your wallet.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a cheapskate like me! Aug. 25 2010
By jamey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Everyone knows that DC is a mecca for free museums and attractions, but this book also gives the scoop on inexpensive lodging,restaurants,shops, and entertainment venues, many of which are beyond the usual tourist haunts. I have visited DC many times, but now I can hardly wait for my next trip to take advantage of these suggestions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most things to do in the book cost less than the book! Jan. 17 2011
By Love to Research - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Anything over about $20 seems to be "a splurge" in this book. Good thing you don't need to splurge to buy the book. The insider tips will save you serious cash and impress your friends. Do you want to know where the president goes for burgers plus the toppings he likes? Or where to go for $2 beers? Or how to get into embassies for free? Or get 10 cool souvenirs for under $15? This book will tell you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide for visitors and residents alike! Oct. 31 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Want a holiday in our nation's capitol, where the costs are low, sometimes even free? Susan and Tom Price have exhaustively presented all the free and dirt cheap spots in Washington, DC -- and you won't believe how many of the top sites you can visit without digging deep into your pocket.

There's interesting and fun things,day and night,a week's worth or a quick trip in/out. You don't even need a car. (And, mom and dad, the kids won't even know they are absorbing history, without the textbooks and the teachers.) Best yet, for those of us who are lucky to live here, we can just hand visitors a metro map and this book and let them enjoy themselves!

This book is great for residents as well as visitors. I refer to it all the time!

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