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The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C. [Paperback]

Eve Zibart
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March 15 2011 Unofficial Guides (Book 274)
  • Washington D.C. welcomes approximately 15 million domestic visitors each year, and 1.5 million are international visitors.  (Washington D.C. Tourism Board)
  • There are more than 100 restaurants in the downtown Washington DC area alone with Travel & Leisure calling it "one of the most exciting restaurant cities of the East Coast."
  • The Washington Nationals Ball Park is the first green-certified ballpark in the United States.   DC is also the first major city to require developers to adhere to guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
Chicago Sun-Times

"Indispensable"
The New York Times

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

  • Details on the best guided tours on foot and by boat, bus, horse carriage, Segway, bicycle, and trolley

  • A complete guide to Washington's cultural and historic sights—with helpful hints for making the most of your time

  • Hotels reviewed and ranked for value and quality—plus secrets for getting the lowest rate possible

  • Proven strategies for enjoying Washington with your kids

  • Everything you need to know to get around quickly and easily—including complete details on the Metro

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, spent many (many!) years as a feature writer, nightlife columnist, and restaurant critic for the Washington Post and now contributes to Washingtonian and other magazines. As a frequently chastised aging athlete, she also keeps track of the fun trails, team stats, and hot workout trends—even when she’s on the DL, which is more often these days. Her other passions are her black cat (she’s a Halloween baby) and her vintage sports car (also black). And when it comes to shopping, she moves as fast as possible—usually in the opposite direction.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of the Unofficial Guide series. So I was quite shock by the inaccuracies or omissions I found in this bk (7th edition).
Example 1. It says to proceed first to the petting zoo section of the Natural History museum as it gets crowded quickly. When I got to the Museum, the front desk guide told me that section had been closed over a year ago.
Example 2. It recommended the Tourmobile bus to see the city. Tickets are $5.50 a person. Dead wrong. Tickets were $18 a person.
Example 3. We got to the Air & Space museum at 10 sharp and the line was about 50-people long. Due to 9/11, everyone has to be bag-checked now. No mention of that in the book. Forgivable. What was not forgivable was that it didn't say there was ANOTHER Entrance on the other side of the building and that has NO LINES at all. Don't call yourself the Unofficial Guide if you can't point out these things.
I was tempted to return the book and get my money back but couldn't be bothered. Thanks so much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for "up-scale" travel Oct. 4 2002
Format:Paperback
The Fodor guides are a good source for the various locations around the globe. They are not as good as the Arthur Frommer guides. The Fodor guides are not for the budget traveler. They focus on the pricier accommodations and restaurants. But, what they do rate there is a wonderful detailed description. The maps could be more detailed.***
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on D.C. June 22 2001
Format:Paperback
I just took a trip to D.C. and checked out all the books out there. This one is the best. Simple, concise, and informative. Nice features such as rating different sites for different age groups. Also has great explanation of subway systems, tellig you the closest station for all sites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable planning guide April 30 2007
By Joseph Boone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Unofficial Guide to Washington, DC offers comprehensive information in a clear, concise style. There is plenty of basic information about how to get around in the city using the Metro, what time of year to go, how to stay safe, etc. In addition, you will find hotel ratings and detailed entries on all major attractions inside the city. The hotel section is probably the weak point of the guide. It offers a numerical rating system but only a few basic items of information on the hotel. There is no written description with the pros and cons of each hotel spelled out for you.

The section on attractions is where this guide makes up for the lack of hotel info. It covers all the museums, memorials, monuments, government buildings, etc. Each entry is highly detailed with full contact information, nearest Metro stop, tips on when to go, full descriptions, touring tips, and other things to do nearby. It is literally everything you want to know when considering a visit to one of the many tourist attractions in the city.

While planning my trip to Washington, DC I bought three guidebooks to the area. This is the only one that I used in the latter stages of planning and also the only one I used when I got to the city. It was easily the most comprehensive and useful of the lot once I had booked my hotel. If you're planning a trip to the capitol and can only buy one guide, get this one.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home Without It Feb. 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We bought this guide because of our very positive experience using the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. This Guide did not dissappoint, although there were a few inaccuracies (i.e. Capitol tours leave every 30 minutes, not every 10; you don't need a time ticket for the White House during the off season). The most helpful information was the detailed description of D.C.'s Metro system. We were pros at commuting by the end of our trip. The restaurant guide was also extemely helpful. We didn't have one bad meal. The Guide also helped us to take a family vote on the sites we wanted to see and plan our itinerary before leaving home (a must). Get this book 3 to 6 months before your trip so you have time to write your congressmen to request VIP tours of the things you want to see. We bought the Guide 2 weeks before we left. Even though we had a great time, our trip could have been enhanced with more planning.
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. Too heavy to carry. Aug. 24 2000
By Seano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Imagine the comprehensive guide to good deals, unfamiliar sites, and transportation options in the Washington D.C. area! This is a great collection of reviews and suggestions, tips and recommendations. Spend some time in advance of your planning to scope out great deals on rooms, tours and seasonal advantages. You can plan a great trip with unexplored opportunities such as breaks to rest in parks and gardens, or ways to avoid long lines and frustration.
There is even a great section for business travellers. A good purchase and a fine resource.
The maps and the guide to the public transportation system are the best I have ever seen.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading Aug. 15 2000
By J Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just returned from Washington D.C. and I found that this book is a must read - unless you have two or more weeks to spend traipsing around the mall. Since my trip was primarily a sight-seeing trip, this book saved my family countless hours by listing all of the sights, giving a description of each, letting me know which ones would be of interest to my family, and giving me guidance on how to plan each day in order to minimize wasted travel time. I used "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" to plan my last vacation and both of these books are worth the price many times over.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on D.C. June 22 2001
By Carl A. Redman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just took a trip to D.C. and checked out all the books out there. This one is the best. Simple, concise, and informative. Nice features such as rating different sites for different age groups. Also has great explanation of subway systems, tellig you the closest station for all sites.
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