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Pauline Frommer's Washington D.C. [Paperback]

James T. Yenckel

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Aug. 10 2009 Pauline Frommer Guides (Book 26)
  • Learn about offbeat or alternative lodgings, from a monastery to college dorms to hostels to D.C.'s many unique B&Bs and guesthouses.
  • Find the best (and most affordable) places to dine on Washington's Mall and in Federal buildings.
  • Find out how you can tour Washington by bike, canal boat or Segway.

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"A great read. . . . Lively and unabashedly opinionated."

–New York Post

budgettravel redefined

I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you not only how to spend less in Washington, D.C., but how to see it in a more authentic way, without sacrificing comfort for savings.

  • Cozy, restful accommodations: Instead of spending $300 a night in a chain hotel, bed down in a Victorian-era inn for $69 at the Kalorama Guest House (p. 30) or rent a room in the home of a local for as little as $70 a night with breakfast (p. 27).

  • Food finds: I'll take you to the best of the city's exotic ethnic restaurants, plus D.C.'s most historic and most affordable eateries.

  • Sights and attractions: Find opinionated advice on how to make the most of your time, in-depth coverage of Washington's iconic sights, plus hidden gems that most visitors miss.

  • Insider's D.C.: Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most influential news organizations (p. 161), attend a social event at a foreign embassy (p. 166), or overhear juicy political gossip at the city's best happy hours (p. 165).

Happy Travels,

Pauline Frommer

Winner of Best Guidebook,

North American Travel Journalists Association

About the Author

Jim Yenckel was a writer and editor for the Washington Post for 33 years. For 16 years, he was The Post’s chief travel reporter, writing a weekly advice column distributed over the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service wire. Subsequently, he has appeared in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine, Newsweek, Preservation, Washingtonian Magazine, and NARFE, a magazine for federal employees. He also has written for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Denver Post, Hartford Courant, and other newspapers. He currently writes a weekly travel column for the Washington Examiner and the Baltimore Examiner, and he can be heard monthly on WAMU-FM, a National Public Radio outlet in Washington. He received the Traveler’s Advocate Award of the American Society of Travel Agents and a Silver Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. His guidebook to the Mid-Atlantic Region earned him the Travel Writer of the Year Award from the State of Maryland. Born in Omaha, he attended school in Nebraska and California. He is a graduate in Spanish American history from the University of California at Berkeley, where he served a term as editorin-chief of the Daily Californian, the student newspaper. After college, he received a fellowship from the Inter-American Press Association for a year’s study at the University of Chile in Santiago. While in Santiago, he served as managing editor of the South Pacific Mail, a weekly English-language newspaper. He has traveled in more than 80 countries and all 50 states. After an assignment as The Post’s night foreign editor, he obtained a year’s leave of absence in 1972 and backpacked solo around the world mostly by bus and train, visiting 30 countries in Europe and Asia. Earlier in his career, he circled the United States on a 99-day/$99 Greyhound Bus pass. His most recent adventure, to celebrate the conclusion of this guide, was to hike the rigorous 21-mile rim-to-rim trail in Grand Canyon National Park. He lives in Washington with his wife Sandy, who is also an avid traveler. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Washington, D.C. Jan. 16 2012
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I am finding this book VERY HELPFUL as we plan for a trip to Washington, D.C., next summer. We have housing at National Harbor, but need to choose activities and figure out transportation for three adults and four children!
4.0 out of 5 stars It took a while to get here March 21 2014
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But worth the wait. The book was in very good condition. I love these tour books and try to get one for everywhere we visit. The money saving advise is great but its the tips that help you find all the little interesting places that only a local might know about, that have me sold on these guide books!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for tourist or resident July 11 2012
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I bought this book when I moved to the DC area. Has lots of great things to do that are often overlooked in other tour guides. Highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for inside information May 1 2009
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This book is not like most guidebooks. It is written by a native and contains lots of priceless tidbits. I was impressed by the unconventional, conversational style and the in-depth knowledge of the author. I intend to buy more books in this series in the future.

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