- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Rough Guides; 4th Revised edition edition (May 16 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843534010
- ISBN-13: 978-1843534013
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,019,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rough Guide to Washington Dc Paperback – May 16 2005
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About the Author
Jules Brown is a veteran Rough Guide author, with eight guidebooks to his name, including Barcelona and England.
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Just to give a few examples:
1. The guidebook refers to the area around Connecticut Avenue as "New Downtown". I have yet to hear anyone refer to that neighborhood by that name- and I spend time around both "Old" and "New" downtown. If you use it, you will get a blank stare.
2. The map-maker seemed confused about where the DC waterfront is. The Waterfront neighborhood of DC is the area around 4th and M Southwest. The map-maker shows the Navy Yard area as the "Waterfront". This is actually the Anacostia river waterfront, not the Potomac Waterfront. IT IS ALSO A DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD TO WALK AROUND IN AT NIGHT. This is an inexcusable error.
3. The advice about avoiding bus lines and relying on cabs in questionable neighborhoods is useless. Cabs won't go to questionable neighborhoods. On the other hand, buses in questionable areas are often safer- there are often people around bus stops, and the bus drivers keep something of an eye on things.
Those are the examples I had to point out as a warning to people from outside DC who might be tempted to rely on this guide. There are other issues with the guide- a bit of snarkiness, and I'm not sure I'd consider Rock Creek Park, a nice city park, to be more of a must see than the Lincoln Memorial. (If you need your green space, there are much better ways to get it, such as Great Falls or a short drive towards the mountains.)
Also, sights considered, for travel purposes, part of the DC area, such as Annapolis or Manassas, are ignored.
Bottom line: Usually I love Rough Guides when traveling. This one isn't up to the standards to the rest of the series.
There are little bits of humor which spring up in unexpected places in the book and they provide a good dose of lightness to the otherwise fairly dense text.
Of course you can always get a D.C. guidebook from DK or Lonely Planet and follow around the rest of the tourists/lemmings while you are on vacation, or you can pick up a copy of this, The Rough Guide to Washington D.C., and end up thrilled with a special travel experience, like I did.