The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C. Paperback – Mar 15 2011
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From the Back Cover
From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
—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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.